Japan's little prince could be last emperor on unreformed Chrysanthemum Throne

When Prince Hisahito was born in 2006, ending a 41-year drought in imperial male heirs, Japan’s government gladly dropped proposals that women might head the world’s oldest monarchy, but a decade later the little prince remains the last hope for an unreformed Chrysanthemum Throne.The issue is back in focus after Emperor Akihito, 82, hinted two months ago at abdication, with only five heirs in the line of succession, including Hisahito, his sole grandson.The four older heirs are Akihito’s centenarian uncle, an 80-year-old brother, and two middle-aged sons whose wives are in their early 50s.In a rare televised address, Akihito said in August he worried age might make it hard to fulfill his duties. The remarks were interpreted as a desire to abdicate, a step…

The Guysexual guide to the other 25 boys not to date in 2016: Pick a prince, not a frog There are a great number of great men in this world. You can probably count them on one hand. In this haystack of hot men (or lack thereof), there are sadly, only a few shiny needles that you want to take back home. Unfortunately, the world is full of wrong men that you’d never want to see ever again, in a haystack or otherwise. Is there a test that helps you sort out the frogs from the fresh-faced Prince Charmings? Not really, but if your potential playmate checks off any of the items of this list then it’s probably a good idea to leave him in the pond you found him in. You did great in bypassing The 25 Boys Not To Date in 2016, but you still ...

Boxing movies are getting old. Maybe it's time for retirement. “Bleed for This” is the second of three boxing biopics this year — and the second to bomb. “Hands of Stone” has brought in less than $5 million since its August release, and “Bleed,” which debuted Friday, opened with $2.6 million. That doesn’t fare well for “The Bleeder,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September but does not yet have a wide-release date. Despite solid reviews for Liev Schreiber’s star turn, will people pay to see another movie about a down-and-out prizefighter searching for redemption? It’s a little strange how many boxing movies that studios continue to churn out. The top five most-lucrative of the bunch, adjusted for inflation, were all made before 1986. Sure, there have been a few...

In this Alaskan village, get nose-to-nose with polar bears Clouds roiled on the horizon, saturated and spitting as six of us waited in the sterile anteroom of the Northern Alaska Tour Company’s aviation office in Fairbanks. A giant map of the state hung on the wall, and my gaze returned to it repeatedly. There we were, landlocked in Alaska’s center. Further north, beyond the massive Yukon River valley, was Deadhorse, an oil town at the mouth of Prudhoe Bay. East of Deadhorse, cleaving to the landmass below it and perched on the blue Beaufort Sea, was our destination: Kaktovik, the only occupied village in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Here polar bears converge every fall, waiting for sea ice to form so they can head out and live adrift throughout the winter. ¶ Along with five...

6 films about being single that are actually relatable LONDON — Being single is great. But movies about being single aren't always that enjoyable or relatable when you're single and ready to mingle. Time and time again, films purporting to tell the singleton's story, actually tell the same old story. Single girl lives it up partying, dates someone she isn't keen on and then falls in love. Sometimes there are a few twists and turns to this formula. Take the 'fixer upper' movies, for example, where the girl throws out all her booze and stops her bad habits in order to make herself loveable (we're looking at you Trainwreck). Or the 'best friend turns into lover' storyline (we're looking at you When Harry Met Sally). So how about something new?  Thankfully, there are actually some decent...

Fresh and fine French and Rwandese fare Karen is an upmarket residential area in Nairobi which for a long time remained fairly unspoilt with thick forest occasionally interrupted by structural shows of opulence by moneyed homeowners. In recent years, however, there has been a construction boom (much to the chagrin of old money Karen folk), with the development of numerous shopping malls and office parks. One such office park is the Watermark Business Park on the corner of Lang’ata and Ndege roads. In a far-flung corner of the compound sits one of Nairobi’s newer and finer eateries; a European-style restaurant and bakery run by a half Belgian, half Rwandese gentleman. Brioche Table D’hôte is a well-lit and airy restaurant spread over two levels with a yellow sandstone interior which gets rather...

Yngwie Malmsteen leads the line-up at the Orange Festival of Adventure and Music Yngwie Malmsteen, the legendary Swedish guitarist and one of the most popular propagators of neoclassical metal in the 1980's, is all set to deliver his first performance in India. Yngwie Malmsteen.File Photo/Youtube He is the lead attraction of the third edition of the Orange Festival of Adventure and Music (OFAM) to be held in a small quaint village called Damuk in the Lower Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh. It is only apt that Malmsteen has chosen the north-east India for his debut show as just like the seven sisters, the metal guitarist was known for his vibrant unconventional music. His debut album, Rising Force, gave prominence to 'shredding', the quick demanding licks on the guitar. He went on to revolutionise the music scene by recording ...

Unable to find love? I will match you with the right person By WANJA GATHU NAME: Nyaboke Kiangoi EDUCATION: MBA in International Business Administration and is a certified Human Resource Practitioner.  Young, trendy, ambitious and a little bit shy - this is how Nyaboke comes across at the first encounter. Hardly the type of person one might expect to be the brains behind the novel and executive matchmaking website, Dinner For Two. The last born in a family of five, Nyaboke grew up reserved and shy. She describes herself as an introvert. Naturally, making friends, dating and enjoying the social scene was difficult. Her high schools days at Kenya High were particularly challenging, but a mandatory counselling and psychology course for those studying human resource and business management helped her change all that. “That class helped me understand myself better. ...