JAPAN's new emperor Naruhito ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne in a low-key ceremony, taking over his father's duties to serve as the symbol of a nation facing slower economic growth and an ageing...

[TOKYO] "Money dripping off trees": that was the sentiment in Tokyo the last time a new emperor took the throne, at the height of Japan's economic boom. But things have changed.

[TOKYO] Japan's incoming emperor Crown Prince Naruhito faces the delicate task of balancing tradition within the world's oldest monarchy and his own modern values, including protecting...