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A New Era for Japan: Shōwa to Heisei to the Future

Emperor Akihito’s abdication in April 2019 is fast approaching, so Japan faces another change of era. Journalist Saitō Katsuhisa, a leading reporter covering the last time this happened—when the Shōwa era ended and the Heisei began in 1989—compares the two periods of transition.

The Comfort of Words: The Emperor and the National Memorial Service for the War DeadSaitō Katsuhisa

This summer Emperor Akihito spoke at the annual National Memorial Service for the War Dead in his last appearance there before his abdication at the end of April next year. Journalist Saitō Katsuhisa reflects on the importance of the ceremony and the last appearance of Emperor Shōwa three decades before.
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