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 ...

Oct 13, 2015

Philippines readies for visit from Imperial couple

Japan and the Philippines are arranging a visit by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko early next year to mark the 60th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral ties, officials of the two countries said Tuesday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga and Philippine Communications Secretary ...