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 ...

Emperor, Empress revisit India center after 53 years

Dec 4, 2013

Emperor, Empress revisit India center after 53 years

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Tuesday visited the India International Centre, a cultural exchange facility in New Delhi, 53 years after taking part in a ceremony to launch its construction when they were still the Crown Prince and Princess. Among those the Empress ...

Nov 28, 2013

Fukushima rice delivered to Imperial Palace

Rice harvested in a Fukushima Prefecture town for the first time since the March 2011 nuclear disaster started has been delivered to the Imperial Palace at the request of Emperor Akihito, the Imperial Household Agency said. Farmers in Hirano, about 20 km south of ...

Nov 25, 2013

The Emperor's new goal

by Brahma Chellaney

The Imperial couple's weeklong visit is likely to mark a defining moment in Indo-Japanese relations, fostering closer economic and security ties between Asia's two leading democracies as they seek a pluralistic, stable Asian order.

New Ambassador Caroline Kennedy meets Emperor

Nov 19, 2013

New Ambassador Caroline Kennedy meets Emperor

U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy traveled by horse-drawn carriage to the Imperial Palace to present her credentials to Emperor Akihito on Tuesday, giving the public a rare look at a diplomatic tradition. Hundreds of onlookers lined the avenues near the moat-ringed palace to snap pictures ...