Emperor to forgo New Year's message to lighten burden

Dec 26, 2016

Emperor to forgo New Year's message to lighten burden

Emperor Akihito, who turned 83 last Friday, will no longer deliver a New Year’s message as part of the effort to help ease his burden, the Imperial Household Agency said. Vice Grand Steward Yasuhiko Nishimura said Monday that the Emperor has accepted a proposal ...

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 ...

Dec 19, 2016

Ailing Emperor's year-end luncheon with Abe canceled

The Imperial Household Agency said Monday that Emperor Akihito’s annual year-end luncheon with the prime minister, slated for the afternoon, has been canceled because the Emperor is still suffering from symptoms of a cold. The Emperor has been resting at his residence in the ...

Empress skips martial arts event due to bout of bronchitis

Dec 11, 2016

Empress skips martial arts event due to bout of bronchitis

Empress Michiko has a mild fever and other symptoms of acute bronchitis, the Imperial Household Agency said Sunday. The 82-year-old wife of Emperor Akihito canceled a planned appearance at the Japan Cup Karatedo Championships in Tokyo in the afternoon. An agency source said the ...

DP proposes permanent system for an emperor's abdication

Dec 10, 2016

DP proposes permanent system for an emperor's abdication

Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party has compiled a proposal for revising the Imperial House Law, seeking to establish a permanent system to allow an emperor to abdicate, informed sources said Saturday. Specifically, the DP’s proposal calls for amending Article 4 of the law to ...

Emperor thanks Singapore president for help 3/11 disaster aid

Nov 30, 2016

Emperor thanks Singapore president for help 3/11 disaster aid

Singapore President Tony Tan met with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace on Wednesday, with the Emperor expressing gratitude for the city-state’s aid following the March 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The Emperor thanked Tan, who is on a nine-day state ...