Japanese Emperor Akihito made his last pilgrimage to the country’s holiest Shinto shrine on Thursday, as people lined the route to catch a glimpse of the 85-year-old ahead of his abdication this month.
His father, Hirohito, in whose name Japanese troops fought World War Two, was considered a living deity until after Japan's defeat in 1945, when he renounced his divinity.
Japan on Monday announced its new imperial era, which will begin next month after Emperor Akihito abdicates, will be known as “Reiwa,” a word that includes the character for “harmony.”
The attack on schoolgirls in Japan is downright heinous, appalling and jangles the nerves of any civilised individual. Two people, including a schoolgirl, were stabbed to death and more than a dozen injured in Japan on Tuesday in a rampage that targeted the children as they waited for a bus. The 51-year-old attacker crept silently
As India’s rocket soared on a historic attempt to put a landing craft on the surface of the moon, so did the joy of millions of Indians across the globe. The thrill of the take-off drowned the dejection of the halting of the initial launch of Chandrayaan-2 (Moon Chariot 2) a week earlier. This is India’s most ambitious
It is not surprising at all that the maiden trip of India’s new Home Minister Amit Shah to Srinagar — during which he emphasised the need for carrying development to the grass roots, pulled up the state administration for its failures and reiterated the policy of relentless pursuit of the terrorists
It is astounding that 159 years after the end of the Civil War we are having a full-throated debate about whether the US president is a racist. Or is that surprising? Donald Trump’s tweet that four Democratic congresswomen of colour should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places
With Donald Trump’s impeachment as the prize that some Democrats covet, and others fear, Robert Mueller will finally sit down on Wednesday for five hours of questioning before two House committees. The reluctant witness won’t make it easy. So Democrats on the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees