Emperor Akihito heads to Philippines in latest stop on peace parade

Jan 24, 2016

Emperor Akihito heads to Philippines in latest stop on peace parade

Emperor Akihito will travel to the Philippines this week to visit World War II memorials, the latest of his pacifist pilgrimages, which appear increasingly at odds with the government’s rightward drift. Now in his twilight years, Akihito, 82, has made honoring Japanese and non-Japanese ...

Emperor extends New Year's greetings to well-wishers

Jan 2, 2016

Emperor extends New Year's greetings to well-wishers

Emperor Akihito expressed his hopes for world peace as he appeared Saturday with his wife, Empress Michiko, sons and grandchildren behind bullet-proof glass before thousands of well-wishers waving flags. The 82-year-old Akihito, who was scheduled to make five such appearances at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace ...

Prince Mikasa, Emperor Akihito's uncle, turns 100

Dec 2, 2015

Prince Mikasa, Emperor Akihito's uncle, turns 100

Prince Mikasa, uncle of Emperor Akihito, turned 100 years old on Wednesday. The prince is the oldest member of the Imperial family, living through the reign of three different Emperors in the Taisho, Showa and Heisei eras. He is the only living royal family ...

Nov 28, 2015

Prince Hitachi turns 80 in good health

Prince Hitachi, the younger brother of Emperor Akihito, turned 80 on Saturday. Due to his advanced age, the prince now carries out his official duties in a wheelchair. To maintain his physical strength, the prince walks along the corridors of his residence in Tokyo’s ...