296 - What Next for the Chrysanthemum Throne?

June 16, 2017


This week's English News Weekly podcast looks at remarkable news from Japan where the government has enacted a one-off law that will allow the current Emperor to abdicate. This is the first time since the beginning of the 19th Century that a Japanese Emperor is willingly abdicating. The current emperor, Akihito, has been on the Chrysanthemum Throne since 1989 and announced his desire to abdicate last year. When will happen?

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June 16, 2017
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268 - Trump Triumphant

November 13, 2016


This week’s English News Weekly podcast reports on a momentous moment in the United States as the most powerful democracy on Earth elects a man with no political experience. In a surprising election result, Donald Trump a New York born businessman defeated former First Lady, Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president of the United States. How did this happen?

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November 13, 2016
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251 - To Brexit or Not..?

June 24, 2016


This week's English News Weekly podcast reports on what of the biggest moments in post-war European history. This week has seen the culmination of a long running debate over the future of the European Union. This week the United Kingdom voted on whether they will continue to be a part of the 27 country union. Why is this such a momentous decision? What will happen next?

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June 24, 2016
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246 - Pirate Party to the Rescue?

May 20, 2016


This week's English News Weekly podcast reports on one of the fastest growing political movements around the world – the Pirate Party. Pirate parties now operate in 48 countries globally and advocate direct democracy. What other ideas do they believe in? Why are they such an interesting and growing political movement?

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May 20, 2016
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155 Japan: Pacifism Over ..?

July 04, 2014


This week's podcast looks at the decision by Japan's government to change the country's constitution.

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July 04, 2014
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