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Emperor Akihito, soon to abdicate, urges Japan to build "sincere" ties with world

Emperor Akihito, soon to abdicate, urges Japan to build "sincere" ties with world

Japan's Emperor Akihito, who will abdicate at the end of April in the first such event in two centuries, marked the 30th anniversary of his enthronement on Sunday with a call for the country to open up and forge sincere ties with the world.

Japanese emperor expresses World War II 'remorse'

Japanese emperor expresses World War II 'remorse'

The carefully choreographed annual ceremony is the last Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko will attend before the emperor abdicates in April.

Japan princess to wed commoner, forcing her to quit royal family

Japan princess to wed commoner, forcing her to quit royal family

Princess Mako is one of only four royal grandchildren. The other three are her younger sister, Kako, her brother, Hisahito, and Crown Prince Naruhito's daughter, Aiko.

Japan cabinet approves bill allowing emperor's abdication

Japan cabinet approves bill allowing emperor's abdication

The Japanese government on Friday approved a one-off bill allowing ageing Emperor Akihito to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne, in the first such abdication in two centuries.

Huge crowds cheer Japanese emperor on 83rd birthday

Huge crowds cheer Japanese emperor on 83rd birthday

The biggest crowds of his nearly three-decade reign thronged Japan's Imperial Palace on Friday to celebrate Emperor Akihito's 83rd birthday on what could be his last such appearance after expressing his desire to abdicate.

Pledge on strengthening women’s role

Pledge on strengthening women’s role

Qatar has renewed its commitment to continue efforts to strengthen the role of women incorporated in Qatar National Vision 2030...

 Pollution kills fish

Pollution kills fish

A villager collects dead fish from the waters of the Hurtado dam in Acatlan de Juarez, Mexico.