Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for 78th birthday

Dec 18, 2014

Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for 78th birthday

Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday — and 800 kg (1,760 pounds) of chicken meat for the poor. The Vatican said Wednesday the meat, provided by a Spanish producer, would be distributed to soup kitchens. ...

Princess Aiko turns 13, shows tennis aptitude

Dec 1, 2014

Princess Aiko turns 13, shows tennis aptitude

Princess Aiko, the only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, turned 13 years old Monday. The Princess, a first-grader at Gakushuin Girls’ Junior High School, developed a fondness for tennis last spring and enjoys playing against her parents on holiday, the ...

Dec 24, 2013

The Emperor's call for peace

Emperor Akihito on Monday celebrated his 80th birthday, becoming the second emperor to have passed this milestone while on the throne, following his father, Emperor Showa.

Emperor turns 80, aims to fulfill role as best as he can

Dec 23, 2013

Emperor turns 80, aims to fulfill role as best as he can

Emperor Akihito, on the occasion of his 80th birthday on Monday, repeated his intention to do his best amid expectations that he will hand over some of his official duties to the younger generation in the year after next. “While accepting the limits arising ...

Children-related causes a major interest despite health problems

Dec 9, 2013

Children-related causes a major interest despite health problems

Crown Princess Masako has for years interacted with children and ceaselessly provided support despite her stress-induced health problems. According to a close aide, the Crown Princess, who has visited numerous care institutions, hospitals and attended cultural festivals, has a “desire to get into contact ...

Empress turns 79, voices 'joy'

Oct 20, 2013

Empress turns 79, voices 'joy'

Empress Michiko, who turned 79 on Sunday, expressed joy over Crown Princess Masako’s first official overseas trip in 11 years. “I was truly happy that the Crown Princess was able to visit the Netherlands and return home safely,” the Empress said, referring to the ...