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Today in History

Jan. 7, 2019 12:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2019. There are 358 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 7, 1999, for the second time in history, an impeached American president went on trial before the Senate. President Bill Clinton faced charges of perjury and obstruction of...

Japan's premier: New emperor's era to be announced April 1

Jan. 4, 2019 2:13 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister confirmed in his New Year's news conference that the era name for the new emperor's reign will be disclosed April 1. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that 2019 will mark pivotal times for Japan, repeatedly referring to Emperor Akihito's stepping down. Akihito has...

Japan emperor greets public in final New Year's appearance

Jan. 2, 2019 5:15 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Akihito waved on Wednesday to throngs of well-wishers eager to see his final New Year's appearance before abdicating in several months. "I am truly happy to celebrate the New Year with all of you under such cloudless skies," the 85-year-old emperor told the crowd from a...

Japan emperor marks last birthday on throne, prays for peace

Dec. 23, 2018 2:37 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito, marking his 85th birthday — his last before his upcoming abdication — said he feels relieved that his reign is coming to an end without having seen his country at war and that it is important to keep telling younger people about his nation's wartime...

Today in History

Dec. 23, 2018 12:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Sunday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2018. There are eight days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 23, 1948, former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and six other Japanese war leaders were executed in Tokyo. On this date: In 1783, George Washington resigned as commander in...

The Latest: Vice President Pence praises George H.W. Bush

Dec. 1, 2018 11:38 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 10:40 a.m. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, are joining in the tributes pouring in for the late president, George H.W. Bush. They say Bush served his country with "modesty, integrity, and...

Japanese prince wants royals to fund Shinto rite, not public

Nov. 30, 2018 11:29 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prince Akishino said a highly religious ritual that is part of next year's succession ceremonies should be paid for privately by the Imperial family, and questioned the government's decision to use public money. Emperor Akihito's younger son spoke about the contentious issue in a news...

Japan Emperor performs last harvest ritual before abdication

Nov. 23, 2018 8:02 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Akihito gave thanks Friday to the gods for a bountiful autumn harvest, the last time he will perform one of most important annual palace rites before abdicating next spring. Akihito conducted the Niiname ritual on Friday at an Imperial Palace shrine illuminated by torchlight...