Mar 22, 2017

Panel hears experts on emperor's post-abdication status

A government advisory panel on Wednesday resumed discussions on remaining issues of Emperor Akihito’s abdication, including his status after becoming the first living Emperor to relinquish the throne in around 200 years. Four university professors were summoned to the panel’s 10th meeting, of which ...

DP's concession means Diet will pass one-off abdication law

Mar 13, 2017

DP's concession means Diet will pass one-off abdication law

The Diet is expected to enact a special law during the current session to allow Emperor Akihito to step down, after the main opposition Democratic Party expressed its readiness to accept a one-off law. DP Secretary-General Yoshihiko Noda signaled the party’s change of heart ...

Surviving Vietnamese twin meets Emperor, Empress

Mar 3, 2017

Surviving Vietnamese twin meets Emperor, Empress

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met with a Vietnamese man who was surgically separated from his twin brother with Japanese help. The meeting took place Thursday at a reception held for the couple at a Hanoi hotel where they are staying as part of ...

Japanese Emperor, Empress attend welcome ceremony in Hanoi

Mar 1, 2017

Japanese Emperor, Empress attend welcome ceremony in Hanoi

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a welcome ceremony at Vietnam’s Presidential Palace in Hanoi on Wednesday, the second day of the Imperial Couple’s first visit to the country. In the palace’s front garden, Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang welcomed the couple, who are ...

Imperial Couple depart for weeklong visit to Vietnam, Thailand

Feb 28, 2017

Imperial Couple depart for weeklong visit to Vietnam, Thailand

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived in the capital of Vietnam on Tuesday evening on their first trip to the Southeast Asian country where they will meet with the Vietnamese wives and children of former Japanese soldiers to promote goodwill and soothe some of ...