Japan’s crown prince Naruhito with his wife, crown princess Masako, and daughter Princess Aiko:  he said last week it was important to “look back humbly on the past” and “correctly” pass on the tragic experiences of history. Photograph: Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Reuters

Japan’s emperor famously renounced his divine status after the second World War, making him essentially a ceremonial figure. Yet, for many Japanese th(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe at a press conference in Tokyo yesterday. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno, Pool

The prime minister of Japan laid on a stunning tasting menu in his official residence. It was all lovely, but he said the fish was absolutely deadly. (...)

After a €12 million national party that lasted well into the small hours, the Netherlands wo(...)

People attend the celebrations for the new King Willem-Alexander who succeeds his mother Queen Beatrix, in Amsterdam’s Dam Square today. Photograph: Kevin Coombs/Reuters

King Willem-Alexander has become the first Dutch male monarch in more than a century after his mother Beatrix abdicated to end a 33-year reign.(...)