Imperial Couple pray for lost fishermen in tsunami-hit port city

Mar 17, 2016

Imperial Couple pray for lost fishermen in tsunami-hit port city

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Thursday offered prayers to fishermen and others in the fishing industry who lost their lives during the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami during a visit to a monument in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. The Imperial Couple were on the ...

Emperor diagnosed with influenza

Feb 29, 2016

Emperor diagnosed with influenza

Emperor Akihito has been diagnosed as having contracted influenza, the Imperial Household Agency said Monday. With symptoms including a fever of 37 to 38 degrees, sore throat and mild cough, the Emperor, 82, plans to rest at his residence in the Imperial Palace in ...

Imperial Couple lay flowers at Filipino war monument

Jan 29, 2016

Imperial Couple lay flowers at Filipino war monument

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited a memorial to Japanese war dead southeast of Manila on Friday to commemorate those who died in the Philippines in some of the conflict’s fiercest fighting. The Imperial Couple bowed their heads and laid white flowers before the ...

Imperial Couple arrive in Philippines

Jan 26, 2016

Imperial Couple arrive in Philippines

Emperor Akihito says Japan must remember the tremendous loss of life in the Philippines during World War II as he and Empress Michiko start a four-day visit to the Southeast Asian country.

Emperor Akihito heads to Philippines in latest stop on peace parade

Jan 24, 2016

Emperor Akihito heads to Philippines in latest stop on peace parade

Emperor Akihito will travel to the Philippines this week to visit World War II memorials, the latest of his pacifist pilgrimages, which appear increasingly at odds with the government’s rightward drift. Now in his twilight years, Akihito, 82, has made honoring Japanese and non-Japanese ...