Filipino 'comfort women' want plight raised with Emperor

Jan 24, 2016

Filipino 'comfort women' want plight raised with Emperor

A number of Filipino women who were forced into Japanese military brothels during World War II have challenged Philippine President Benigno Aquino to present their plight before Emperor Akihito during his visit to the country this week. The aging women, who are part of ...

Imperial Couple pay respects to WWII air raid victims

May 26, 2015

Imperial Couple pay respects to WWII air raid victims

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Tuesday paid tribute to the roughly 100,000 victims of the U.S. firebombing of Tokyo during World War II, attending a commemoration service at a memorial hall dedicated in part to those who died. The Imperial Couple last visited ...

Apr 9, 2015

Keeping the memory of war alive

In visiting Palau, the Emperor is continuing his efforts to ensure that the memories of Japan's wartime experience are kept alive and passed down to future generations.

Palau president lauds Imperial Couple's upcoming visit

Mar 29, 2015

Palau president lauds Imperial Couple's upcoming visit

President Tommy Remengesau expressed gratitude for the decision by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to visit the Pacific island nation next month on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. “We are very much honored and grateful for this historical opportunity ...

Emperor turns 81, hopes Japan will move forward in peace

Dec 23, 2014

Emperor turns 81, hopes Japan will move forward in peace

Emperor Akihito, on the occasion of his 81st birthday Tuesday, expressed hope that Japan will move forward with other nations as a peaceful country, ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next year. “I ardently hope that Japan will ...