Abe Meets With Emperor, Crown Prince

Abe meets with Emperor, Crown Prince

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has held separate meetings with Emperor Akihito and Crown Prince Naruhito. He is believed to have briefed them on governmental preparations for the upcoming Imperial succession.

Abe met the Emperor at the Imperial Palace on Thursday to report privately on matters of state.

What they discussed is not known because it's customary not to disclose the details of the prime minister's private report to the Emperor.

The prime minister on Friday visited the Crown Prince's Residence.

Government officials say he briefed the Crown Prince on situations on domestic and foreign affairs.

The meetings took place ahead of a government ceremony on Sunday to mark Emperor Akihito's 30 years on the throne.

The Emperor will abdicate on April 30th. The government has decided on outlines for how to conduct the Imperial succession ceremonies.

Government officials will announce on April 1st the name of the new era that will replace the current Heisei era when Crown Prince Naruhito ascends to the throne on May 1st.

Abe is believed to have briefed the Emperor and the Crown Prince on these matters.