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Japanese emperor stresses his peaceful reign ahead of abdication

TOKYO: In a rare emotional address ahead of his abdication next year, Japanese Emperor Akihito said he took "deep comfort" that his long reign had been one of peace as he remembered the "countless lives" lost in World War II.  Akihito, in a pre-recorded speech to mark his 85th birthday Sunday, also paid tribute to the Japanese people and Empress Michiko, the first commoner to join the tradition-bound imperial family who has been at his side for 60 years. His voice trembling as he discussed the legacy of World War II,…

Japan emperor expresses ‘deep remorse’ over war

TOKYO: Emperor Akihito, in his last appearance as reigning monarch at an annual ceremony marking Japan’s World War Two surrender, expressed “deep remorse” over the conflict, while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed never to repeat the horrors of war. Earlier on Wednesday, Abe sent a ritual offering to Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead but did not visit in person out of apparent consideration for ties with Seoul and Beijing. Past visits by Japanese leaders to Yasukuni have outraged China and South Korea…

‘Emperor’ stocks soar in China as Xi cleared for indefinite reign

SHANGHAI: Chinese speculators pounced on stocks with “emperor” in their name on Monday, after the ruling Communist Party set the stage for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely. The party proposed on Sunday to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office, boosting prospects of Xi remaining in power after the end of an all but certain second term set to start next month. Shenzhen Emperor Technology Co Ltd surged nearly 10 percent in morning trade, while Anhui…