01 Dec 2017
83-year old Japanese Emperor Akihito is set to step down from his throne in April 2019. This would mark the end of the imperial era in Japan.
09 Jun 2017
Japan has passed a historic law that will allow Emperor Akihito to become the first monarch to abdicate in 200 years.
19 May 2017
Japan's cabinet, headed by Shinzo Abe has cleared the way for a new legislation that would allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate the Chrysanthemum Throne and allow his eldest son to assume the role of emperor.
18 May 2017
25-year-old Princess Mako, a member of the Japanese royal family, will be surrendering her royal status by marrying a commoner.