1 year End of an era as Japan’s emperor abdicates Rappler
TOKYO, Japan – Emperor Akihito of Japan formally stepped down Tuesday, April 30,  the first abdication for 200 years in the world's oldest monarchy, as his son Naruhito prepared to take the Chrysanthemum Throne and usher in a new imperial era. In the "Room of Pine" in Tokyo's Imperial Palace, the popular 85-year-old performed the ... more