Asia Briefs: Japan's Lower House passes abdication Bill

Japan's Lower House passes abdication Bill

TOKYO • Japan's Lower House of Parliament passed a Bill yesterday that allows ageing Emperor Akihito to step down, as it also called for a rare debate on the role of women in the male-dominated monarchy. The one-off Bill is widely expected to become law next week after passage through the Upper House.


Hotels won't remove contentious books

TOKYO • A Japanese hotelier who denies that a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops in China's Nanjing ever took place has "no intention" of removing books with his revisionist views from his hotels during the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Tokyo-based hotel and real estate developer APA Group came under fire this year over books by its chief executive Toshio Motoya.


Politician scolded by Selangor ruler

SHAH ALAM • The Sultan of Selangor yesterday gave a tongue lashing to MP Sivarasa Rasiah from Parti Keadilan Rakyat for speaking in a mosque last month, despite earlier royal directives for all politicians to refrain from doing so.

"You have crossed the line," said Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, speaking at a breaking of fast event. "I do not allow politicians to give talks or speeches in mosques because I do not want it to be the cause of creating disunity among Muslims." he said.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 03, 2017, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe