Japan’s global emperor exits the stage 

Japan’s Emperor Akihito will abdicate this Tuesday, April 30, having sat on the Chrysanthemum Throne since 1989. At the age of 85, Akihito seemingly wishes to live in quiet retirement with Empress Michiko, his wife of 60 years. His elder son, Crown Prince Naruhito, will succeed him as emperor. Akihito’s reign began upon the death […]