Mar 22, 2015

Emperor, Empress meet Palau battle veterans ahead of visit

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met with two survivors of the battle for Peleliu Island on Sunday ahead of the Imperial Couple’s visit to Palau early next month, the Imperial Household Agency said. Keiji Nagai, 93, and Kiyokazu Tsuchida, 95, survived the bloody battle ...

Imperial Couple release 'waka' poems to mark New Year's Day

Jan 1, 2015

Imperial Couple release 'waka' poems to mark New Year's Day

The Imperial Household Agency released on Thursday several 31-syllable “waka” poems written by the Imperial Couple in 2014 to celebrate New Year’s Day. In one of his three poems, Emperor Akihito expressed the feelings of gratitude he felt when he visited the Ise Grand ...

Nov 4, 2014

Emperor greets Micronesian President Mori

Emperor Akihito greeted Micronesian President Emanuel Mori on Tuesday at the Imperial Palace, the Imperial Household Agency said. During their meeting, Mori welcomed a planned visit by the Emperor and Empress to Palau next year, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War ...

Oct 12, 2014

Abe eyes summit with Palau leader by next spring

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering holding a summit with Palau President Tommy Remengesau by next spring in Japan, ahead of the planned visit to the Pacific island country by the Emperor and Empress, government sources said Saturday. Abe aims to lay the groundwork ...

'Imperial pony' dies after long life at Yokohama park

Jul 28, 2014

'Imperial pony' dies after long life at Yokohama park

The last of two male ponies presented to the Imperial family by Argentina in 1979 died Monday at a park in Yokohama, according to the park that was the ponies’ home in Japan. Kodomonokuni children’s park said the pony, named Garucho and believed to ...

Prince Katsura, cousin of Emperor Akihito, dies at 66

Jun 8, 2014

Prince Katsura, cousin of Emperor Akihito, dies at 66

Prince Katsura, a cousin of Emperor Akihito and sixth in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne, died at a Tokyo hospital at 10:55 a.m. Sunday, the Imperial Household Agency announced. He was 66. The prince had been rushed to University of Tokyo Hospital in a ...