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 ...

Nov 3, 2014

Japan to bestow awards on 4,029 people in autumn decorations ceremony

Japan will bestow government decorations in recognition of contributions to the state on 4,029 people, including 370 women, the central government announced on Monday. The awards will also include 57 foreigners from 30 countries and territories. The top decoration, the Grand Cordon of the ...

Oct 30, 2014

Princess Kako to transfer to ICU from Gakushuin

Princess Kako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, has passed the entrance examination for International Christian University in Tokyo, the Imperial Household Agency said Thursday. The 19-year-old daughter of Prince Akishino, the Emperor’s second son, is scheduled to enroll in ICU’s college of liberal arts ...

Emperor, Empress meet Dutch royal couple

Oct 29, 2014

Emperor, Empress meet Dutch royal couple

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met on Wednesday with Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, who are visiting Japan as state guests. During the meeting at the Imperial Palace, the king said many Japanese companies have expanded into the Netherlands and created new jobs ...

Oct 12, 2014

Emperor, Empress visit hibakusha in Nagasaki

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the city of Nagasaki on Saturday and met with survivors of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing. The Imperial Couple offered flowers and bowed deeply at a monument in Nagasaki Peace Park that stands where the atomic bomb was ...

Emperor, Empress visit shopping center in disaster-hit Minamisanriku

Jul 23, 2014

Emperor, Empress visit shopping center in disaster-hit Minamisanriku

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited a makeshift shopping center in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, which was devastated in the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that claimed more than 15,000 lives. Minamisanriku Sun Sun Shopping Village opened in February 2012 and consists of 32 ...

Emperor, Empress pay respects to Tsushima Maru victims in Naha

Jun 27, 2014

Emperor, Empress pay respects to Tsushima Maru victims in Naha

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Friday visited a cenotaph and museum in Naha, Okinawa, commemorating the 1,482 people who died when an American submarine torpedoed a Japanese passenger ship during World War II. Half the victims were school children. The Imperial couple placed ...

Mar 17, 2014

Emperor greets Vietnamese president ahead of bilateral talks

Emperor Akihito greeted Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang with a welcoming message in a meeting Monday at the Imperial Palace, the Imperial Household Agency said. The Emperor told the Vietnamese president and his wife, Mai Thi Hanh, who are on a four-day state visit ...

Feb 20, 2014

Emperor 'generally healthy' two years after heart operation

Emperor Akihito has marked two years since his coronary-artery bypass surgery, with doctors describing him as “generally healthy,” the Imperial Household Agency said. The Emperor, who turned 80 in December, also has osteoporosis, but its progression has stopped, according to the doctors serving the ...