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The Pope Was Allowed to Retire. Why Not the Emperor of Japan?

Irv Chapman | Posted 09.06.2016 | Media
Irv Chapman

It has been three years since Pope Benedict retired, to be succeeded by the dynamic Pope Francis. In the few years since, European kings and queens have abdicated in favor of their sons, including Carlos of Spain, Albert of Belgium, Beatrice of the Netherlands, and also the Emir of Qatar. But the Japanese government was recently thrown into a tizzy when Emperor Akihito saw fit to suggest that his health no longer permits him to do his job with the vigor it deserves, and his son, Crown Prince Naruhito, is waiting in the wings.

60 Years in Journalism: Among My Souvenirs

Irv Chapman | Posted 05.18.2017 | Media
Irv Chapman

Looking into the hidden corners of a drawer the other day, I came across two pins from the past. One was a souvenir of my high school, the Bronx High School of Science in New York City. I applied there at the urging of the guidance counselor at my junior high school, Hermann Ridder.

The Abe Administration's Arrogance of Power Moment

Nancy Snow | Posted 07.16.2016 | World
Nancy Snow

On the cusp of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II when Emperor Hirohito made his historic speech of surrender, the Abe government is attempting to drive through the Diet 11 security bills that will forever alter the landscape of Japan's postwar history.

60 Years of Sound Bites to Remember

Irv Chapman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Media
Irv Chapman

A good sound bite packs emotion, opinion, news value and personality, and leaps into a reporter's ear.

Interview: Matthew Fox and Emperor

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.13.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Everyone knows who Gen. Douglas MacArthur was. But Gen. Bonner Fellers? Not so much. So when actor Matthew Fox took on the role of Fellers in Emperor, which opened in limited release March 8, he figured the interpretation was up to him.

A Postscript From Japan

Murray Fromson | Posted 06.13.2011 | World
Murray Fromson

At the height of the crisis, the Emperor and Empress opened their hospital to those in need of medical emergency. They also opened their hot bath facilities in their summer palace to a nearby shelter.

Akihito and Michiko

Murray Fromson | Posted 06.01.2011 | World
Murray Fromson

Only those of us who served in Japan in the 1950s might have shaken our heads after Thursday's frontpage photos in the New York Times that showed Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko consoling evacuees.

65 Years Later, a POW's Son Reflects on Hiroshima

Paul Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Levine

The debate over dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima has always been more personal than numerical to me. The devastating attack surely saved my father's life.

Obama Bows, Conservatives Bitch, Reality Bites

Jackson Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jackson Williams

President Obama bowed this week when greeting Japanese Emperor Akihito, and the conservative media and blogosphere went positively apoplectic.

Bad Dreams From My Grandfather

Daniel Bruno Sanz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Bruno Sanz

Shadowy non-state actors contemplate flattening an American city with a device smuggled into the United States at one hundred possible ports of entry.