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Japan courts Trump using emperor, first lady's birthday

Apr. 19, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Without close friends in Asia, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to be using every opportunity, even the emperor's accession, to court President Donald Trump. Abe is scheduling a rushed visit to Washington to meet with Trump and celebrate first lady's birthday, and then is inviting him...

President Trump to visit Japan in late May, meet new emperor

Apr. 18, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — President Donald Trump and his wife Melania will make a state visit to Japan at the end of May to meet the newly enthroned emperor. Crown Prince Naruhito will succeed his abdicating father, current Emperor Akihito, on May 1. Trump will also hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...

Celebration of Japan's new era big opportunity for business

Apr. 18, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is getting ready for its biggest celebration in years with the advent of the Reiwa era of soon-to-be emperor Naruhito. That means big opportunities for businesses hoping consumers will splash out on long holidays and memorabilia. Many Japanese will get their longest ever "Golden Week"...

Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods

Apr. 18, 2019 1:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Emperor Akihito prayed at a Japanese shrine Thursday in a ritual to report his upcoming abdication to the Shinto gods. The 85-year-old emperor will retire on April 30 in the first abdication in 200 years and a rarity in Japan's ancient imperial history. Crown Prince Naruhito will succeed to...

Japan's emperor and empress celebrate 60 years of marriage

Apr. 10, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary just three weeks before he abdicates his throne. The couple met at a 1957 tennis tournament remembered as a "love match." Akihito and Michiko Shoda married on April 10, 1959, making him Japan's first future...

Japan gov't says era name translates as 'beautiful harmony'

Apr. 2, 2019 9:24 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government said Tuesday that the official translation of the era name for the new emperor will be "Beautiful Harmony," setting off confusion while offices rush to make changes before Crown Prince Naruhito takes the throne. The era of "Reiwa" begins May 1, a day after 85-year-old...

Q&A: What's in a name for Reiwa, Japan's next imperial era?

Apr. 1, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government has unveiled an era name, "Reiwa," or "pursuing harmony," for soon-to-be Emperor Naruhito, who will succeed the Chrysanthemum throne on May 1. His father, Emperor Akihito, is abdicating, with his "Heisei" era coming to an end the day before. A selection of the name was a top...

New Japan era to be called 'Reiwa,' or pursuing harmony

Apr. 1, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The era of Japan's next emperor, which begins May 1, will be named "Reiwa," connoting pursuit of harmony, the government said Monday after selecting the phrase from ancient Japanese poetry instead of Chinese classics as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promotes national pride. The current "Heisei,"...

World stocks rise on improved Chinese manufacturing data

Apr. 1, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Stocks around the world rose Monday on encouraging manufacturing data out of China that suggested government stimulus there may be gaining traction. European shares were up in midday trading despite bad economic reports there, with Germany's DAX gaining 1 percent to 11,645. The CAC40 in...

Japan surveys cast gloom over manufacturing outlook

Apr. 1, 2019 1:25 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The latest surveys of Japanese manufacturers suggest the world's third-largest economy is headed for a slowdown, with demand stalling both at home and abroad as trade tensions simmer and China's economy slows. The Bank of Japan's quarterly "tankan" survey of major companies, released Monday,...