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Prime Minister Naoto Kan unveils new cabinet
Key ministers from former Hatoyama cabinet keep their portfolio. A close aide of the new prime minister takes over the Finance Ministry. Swearing in by Emperor Akihito is set for this afternoon.
Government change in Tokyo baffles politicians, worries ordinary people
Hatoyama’s resignation is a courageous choice. By pushing his party’s secretary Ozawa to do the same, he is also freeing his successor’s from the burden of a dual power structure. Okinawa was at the heart of a dispute with the United States.
Japan Airlines closer to bankruptcy
Asia’s largest airliner could soon file for bankruptcy protection. Shares are in a freefall with the company losing US$ 1.8 billion just this week.
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Tokyo, Emperor ready to abdicate: Increasingly difficult to perform my duties
Akihito speaks on state television, never utters the word "resignation" but says: "I am old and my tasks are heavy, I fear not being able to fulfill them well”. The population supports him, but lawyers believe it would be "dangerous" to leave Chrysanthemum throne vacant.
Emperor Akihito of Japan marks 20 years on the throne
The Chrysanthemum Throne is the oldest existing dynasty. There is still much affection for the symbol of the nation, but young people know less and less about its history.
Revolution in Tokyo: Emperor, Empress to be cremated and buried in eco-friendly mausoleums
Akihito and Michiko break with a 350-year-old tradition, choose to be buried in smaller mausoleums in less socially disruptive services. Meanwhile, the Japanese discuss the future of the imperial household.
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