Experts Propose Possible Titles for Emperor After Abdication (News)
Tokyo, March 22 (Jiji Press)—A panel set up by the Japanese government heard proposals on Wednesday from guest experts on possible titles for Emperor Akihito after his expected abdication.
At the day's panel meeting, the first in about two months, the three experts on the history of the imperial family proposed using the title jōkō (上皇), meaning retired emperor, or daijō tennō (太上天皇), which can be translated as "grand emperor." Both titles were used in the past.
The three experts invited to the tenth session of the panel were Hongō Keiko, professor at the University of Tokyo's Historiographical Institute, Kimizuka Naotaka, professor at Kantō Gakuin University, and Nitta Hitoshi, head of Kōgakkan University's Faculty of Contemporary Japanese Society.
The panel, chaired by Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) Honorary Chairman Imai Takashi, asked them what title Emperor Akihito should assume after his possible abdication and whether he should be allowed to return to the Chrysanthemum Throne after abdication.
The experts were also asked to express their opinions on the funeral and the tomb that would be appropriate for Emperor Akihito after abdication, the treatment of him after abdication and what title Prince Akishino should assume after his elder brother, Crown Prince Naruhito, takes over the throne.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]