Nov 29, 2013

Emperor, Empress head to India

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will kick off their one-week official trip to India on Saturday. The Imperial Couple were invited by the Indian government as state guests for the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The couple ...

Nov 26, 2013

An Imperial break from tradition

The announcement that Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will be cremated and be interred in smaller mausoleums reflects their wish to minimize the impact of their funeral rites on people's lives.

Kennedy to present credentials to Emperor on Nov. 19

Nov 12, 2013

Kennedy to present credentials to Emperor on Nov. 19

New U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy is scheduled to present her credentials to Emperor Akihito on Nov. 19, a Japanese government source said Tuesday, marking the formal start of her duty as envoy. Japan is banking on Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F. ...

Kumamoto mascot Kumamon greets Imperial Couple

Oct 28, 2013

Kumamoto mascot Kumamon greets Imperial Couple

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were greeted by Kumamoto Prefecture’s official mascot, the popular black bear character called Kumamon, at the prefectural office Monday. The Imperial Couple, who have been visiting the prefecture since Saturday, thanked Kumamon for his display of comical movements. After ...

Jun 22, 2013

Imperial Couple to visit Iwate in July

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will visit Iwate Prefecture from July 4 to 5 to encourage people affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the Imperial Household Agency said Thursday. It will be their second visit to Iwate since May 2011. The Imperial ...

Emperor steadily recuperating year after operation

Feb 19, 2013

Emperor steadily recuperating year after operation

Emperor Akihito is steadily recuperating from the heart bypass operation he underwent a year ago, energetically carrying out his official duties, his doctor and officials of the Imperial Household Agency said. A checkup in late January showed the Emperor was “largely in good health,” ...