Emperor Akihito of Japan is not your traditional emperor. In light of Akihito’s unconventional remarks hinting at a possible desire to abdicate, we spend this episode discussing the emperor’s place in Japanese government and culture.

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Take a look at some of our favorite articles that we came across while researching Emperor Akihito:

 

About the Author
Pengqiao is the Editorial Assistant with the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Pengqiao earned his master’s degree in Asia security from the Elliott School of International Affairs, as well as a BA in international trade and economics from Shanghai International Studies University. His research interests include East Asian regionalism, Japanese politics, and Cross-strait relations.