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Emperor's 83rd birthday gathers record crowds

Dec 23, 2016

Emperor's 83rd birthday gathers record crowds

The biggest crowds of Emperor Akihito’s nearly three-decade reign thronged the Imperial Palace on Friday to celebrate his 83rd birthday on what could be among his last such appearances after expressing a desire to abdicate. It was the Emperor’s first birthday since he announced ...

Dec 23, 2016

Full text of Emperor Akihito's message on his 83rd birthday

This is the official translation of Emperor Akihito’s message on his 83rd birthday. Looking back on the past 12 months since my last birthday, the first thing that comes to mind is the visit to the Philippines with the Empress at the end of January ...

Emperor turns 83, gives thanks for response to video message

Dec 23, 2016

Emperor turns 83, gives thanks for response to video message

Addressing the country on his 83rd birthday Friday, Emperor Akihito thanked the public for heeding his message earlier in the year indicating his desire to abdicate. His annual birthday remarks followed a rare video message in which he said his advanced age could one ...

Dec 22, 2016

Sapporo man held by China stands trial over alleged espionage

The first trial hearing of a Japanese detained last year by China for alleged involvement in espionage appears to have been held Thursday, a Japanese government source said. China told the Japanese side in advance that the closed-door hearing for the Sapporo man would ...