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French president hosts Japanese crown prince at Versailles

Sep. 12, 2018 5:19 PM EDT

VERSAILLES, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron and Crown Prince Naruhito, Japan's next emperor, made a toast to continued friendship between their nations Wednesday in the sumptuous surroundings of the Chateau of Versailles. Macron and his wife, Brigitte, hosted an official dinner for Naruhito,...

Japan's next emperor heads to France for goodwill visit

Sep. 7, 2018 4:18 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Crown Prince Naruhito, Japan's next emperor, was heading to France on Friday for a nine-day goodwill visit. His 84-year-old father, Emperor Akihito, is abdicating next year, handing the Chrysanthemum throne to the 58-year-old prince. WHO IS NARUHITO? The eldest son of Akihito and the grandson...

Japan crown prince says royal visits key to friendly ties

Sep. 5, 2018 11:05 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito said he will take to heart how his father was mindful of Japan's history and tried to build closer ties during his upcoming visit to France, expected to be his last foreign trip before becoming emperor. Naruhito, 58, told a news conference Wednesday that foreign...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Aug. 17, 2018 12:43 AM EDT

Monsoon rains and tropical weather caused flooding in several parts of Asia. The water filled city streets and disrupted traffic and public transport networks in parts of Cambodia, the Philippines and India. In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko...

Japanese emperor tries to make amends for his father's war

Aug. 15, 2018 8:40 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — For his last time, Japan's Emperor Akihito addressed a memorial service Wednesday marking the end of World War II. Once again, he expressed "deep remorse" for the war. It was in keeping with what by all appearances has become a mission for Akihito over his 30-year reign: to make amends for a...

Nagasaki marks 73 years since A-bombing as UN chief attends

Aug. 9, 2018 6:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Nagasaki marked the anniversary of the world's second atomic bombing Thursday with the United Nations chief and the city's mayor urging global leaders to take concrete steps toward nuclear disarmament. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the first United Nations chief to visit Nagasaki, said...