Japan looking to put on royal performance against Scotland

Jun 24, 2016

Japan looking to put on royal performance against Scotland

Japan and Scotland are both hoping to end their seasons in style Saturday by putting on a performance worthy of the occasion. The two sides will battle it out in front of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the stadium that will host the ...

Jun 17, 2016

Emperor, empress to attend Japan test match for first time

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will attend their first Japan test match on June 25 when the Brave Blossoms take on Scotland at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo, the Japan Rugby Football Union announced Friday. It will be the imperial couple’s second time to attend ...

May 11, 2016

Emperor, Empress may visit quake-hit Kyushu next week

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will visit Kumamoto Prefecture as early as next week to meet residents affected by the major earthquakes that struck central Kyushu last month, a source close to the matter said Wednesday. With aftershocks persisting and the Imperial Couple scheduled ...

May 10, 2016

Official duties of aging Emperor, Empress to be eased

The Imperial Household Agency said Monday it will reduce the official duties of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, both in their 80s, to ease the burden on them by cutting the number of their meetings with guests at the Imperial Palace. By next March, ...

Imperial Couple pray for lost fishermen in tsunami-hit port city

Mar 17, 2016

Imperial Couple pray for lost fishermen in tsunami-hit port city

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Thursday offered prayers to fishermen and others in the fishing industry who lost their lives during the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami during a visit to a monument in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. The Imperial Couple were on the ...

Emperor diagnosed with influenza

Feb 29, 2016

Emperor diagnosed with influenza

Emperor Akihito has been diagnosed as having contracted influenza, the Imperial Household Agency said Monday. With symptoms including a fever of 37 to 38 degrees, sore throat and mild cough, the Emperor, 82, plans to rest at his residence in the Imperial Palace in ...