6 months Japan’s Emperor Akihito ends reign marked by modernisation Inquirer |LS
Japan’s outgoing Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko dramatically modernised the tradition-bound monarchy, bringing themselves closer to the public and boosting popular support for the household. Akihito has broken new ground with everything from his decision to marry for love to his outspoken calls for peace and expressions of regret over Japan’s wartime role. His approach has at times unsettled those who view the emperor as a divine priest meant to inspire awe, but it has won him broad respect and […] The post Japan’s Emperor Akihito ends reign marked by modernisation appeared first on Inquirer Lifestyle. ... more