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Factbox - Japan's abdicating Emperor Akihito devoted life to outreach

1:24am EDT

TOKYO Emperor Akihito, who on April 30 will become Japan's first emperor to abdicate in nearly two centuries, devoted his life to nations affected by his country during World War Two and to Japanese struggling after disasters.

Incoming Japanese emperor's life filled with breaks from tradition

Apr 21 2019

TOKYO Crown Prince Naruhito, set to become Japan's emperor on May 1, is known as an earnest, studious man who wooed and won his ex-diplomat wife, Crown Princess Masako, with a pledge to protect her.

Helping, listening, caring: Japanese prefecture leads dramatic decrease in suicides

Apr 08 2019

AKITA, Japan - Taeko Watanabe awoke one cold March night and found a trail of blood in the hallway, a bloody cleaver on her son Yuki's bed and no trace of him in the house. Then police discovered a suicide note in his bedroom. | Video

In reserved Japan, talking to someone called key in suicide reduction

Apr 08 2019

TOKYO All the phones at a Japanese suicide hot line started ringing at 8:00 p.m. on a Friday night, exactly when it opened, filling a narrow room off a Tokyo back street with the voices of those trying to help.

In reserved Japan, talking to someone called key in suicide reduction

Apr 08 2019

TOKYO All the phones at a Japanese suicide hot line started ringing at 8:00 p.m. on a Friday night, exactly when it opened, filling a narrow room off a Tokyo back street with the voices of those trying to help. | Video

In reserved Japan, talking to someone called key in suicide reduction

Apr 07 2019

TOKYO All the phones at a Japanese suicide hot line started ringing at 8:00 p.m. on a Friday night, exactly when it opened, filling a narrow room off a Tokyo back street with the voices of those trying to help.

New Japanese imperial era 'Reiwa' takes name from ancient poetry

Apr 01 2019

TOKYO Japan declared on Monday the name of its new imperial era when Crown Prince Naruhito becomes emperor on May 1, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying it emphasized traditional values at a turning point in the nation's history. | Video

Chen defends world figure skating title with record-setting skate

Mar 23 2019

SAITAMA, Japan America's Nathan Chen successfully defended his world figure skating title on Saturday with a spectacular, record-setting free skate in a nail-biting contest with hometown favorite and Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan.

Figure skating-Papadakis, Cizeron take fourth crown, set new record

Mar 23 2019

SAITAMA, Japan, March 23 Unstoppable French ice dance duo of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron took their fourth world championship crown and set a new world record with a sensual routine that won a standing ovation from the packed crowd on Saturday.

Figure skating: Olympic champion Zagitova claims another crown

Mar 22 2019

TOKYO Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova on Friday claimed yet another crown by winning the world title, overcoming an uneven season by soaring to a commanding win with an ambitious program that left the Russian in tears.

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