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Japan's Emperor Akihito (R) and Crown Prince Naruhito are pictured here together in Tokyo

Japan's Emperor Akihito (R) and Crown Prince Naruhito are pictured here together in Tokyo

Japan passes one-time law to allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate

09/06/2017 13:33

Japan's lawmakers passed a one-off law on Friday allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate the throne, passing the country's symbolic reins over to his son, Crown Prince Naruhito

An aerial view of Japan's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

An aerial view of Japan's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Bangladeshi asylum seekers tricked into radiation clean-up - media

10/03/2017 15:46

Reports say two Bangladeshi asylum seekers in Japan cleared up radioactive contamination from Fukushima nuclear disaster, on the false promise doing so would help them extend their stay permit int he country.

 

Justo Takayama Ukon will be proclaimed Blessed on 7 Feb., 2017, in Osaka, Japan.

Justo Takayama Ukon will be proclaimed Blessed on 7 Feb., 2017, in Osaka, Japan.

Catholic Samurai's beatification in Japan

06/02/2017 16:03

Justo Takayama Ukon, who was stripped of his post as Samurai and exiled because of his Christian faith, will be proclaimed Blessed in Osaka on Feb. 7, 2017. 

 

Archbishop Gallagher, Vatican Secretary for Relations with States

Archbishop Gallagher, Vatican Secretary for Relations with States

Archb. Gallagher in Japan promoting culture of peace

02/02/2017 11:57

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher is wrapping up a week-long visit to Japan during which he met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and celebrated Mass in the city of Hiroshima.

 

Putin Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a joint news conference in Tokyo, Japan 16 December 2016.

Putin invites Japan businesses to invest in east Siberia

17/12/2016 10:39

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has wrapped up a visit to Japan, inviting Japanese businesses to invest in eastern Siberia. The visit marked a warming of ties, two years after Russia seized Crimea.

First Minor Basilica in Japan

First Minor Basilica in Japan

Japan gets its first minor Basilica

09/11/2016 15:40

A Catholic church in the western Japanese city of Nagasaki has become the first in the country to be designated a "minor basilica," a title granted by the pope only to specifically important places of worship.

 

Japanese Emperor Akihito addresses a speech to the nation at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

Japanese Emperor Akihito addresses a speech to the nation at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo

Japanese emperor expresses desire to abdicate throne

08/08/2016 17:00

Japanese Emperor Akihito threw a challenge to conservative tradition in Japan on Monday, saying as an aging leader he may wish one day to retire

Japanese prime minister

Japan's prime minister and president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Shinzo Abe holds a press conference after gaining a resounding victory in the Upper House election on July 10th

Japan's election strengthens hand of ruling coalition

11/07/2016 19:02

An election in Japan at the weekend has given additional power to the country’s ruling coalition. It comes at a time when the nation is tackling problems such as the population's low birth rate