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 ...

Emperor felt public affinity in '92 China trip

Oct 29, 2013

Emperor felt public affinity in '92 China trip

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko asked for “heart-to-heart” contacts with Chinese citizens during their 1992 visit to China that significantly boosted the two countries’ relations at the time. Yoshihiro Hasumi, Japan’s consul general in Shanghai at the time, said that to realize such contacts, ...

Dec 1, 2012

Prince expects Emperor to ease up

Prince Akishino, the younger son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, has said the content of the Imperial family’s official events is likely to be changed to reduce the workload on his father, who underwent a heart operation this year. The remarks relating to ...