Emperor will speak to the public on live TV in August

Jul 29, 2016

Emperor will speak to the public on live TV in August

Emperor Akihito, who is said to have indicated his wish to abdicate, will have a chance to speak about his thoughts to the Japanese people sometime next month, NHK reported Friday. Sources said the Imperial Household Agency is planning to broadcast a live message ...

Emperor, Empress meet with Palau president at Imperial Palace

Jul 18, 2016

Emperor, Empress meet with Palau president at Imperial Palace

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Monday held informal talks over lunch with visiting Palau President Tommy Remengesau at the Imperial Palace, the Imperial Household Agency said. The Imperial Couple greeted the Palau leader at the entrance to the palace in central Tokyo, shaking ...

Japanese voice surprise, support for Emperor's plan to abdicate

Jul 14, 2016

Japanese voice surprise, support for Emperor's plan to abdicate

Many Japanese expressed surprise at the news Wednesday that Emperor Akihito plans to abdicate, but they said his wish should be respected. The Imperial Couple left their Imperial villa in Hayama, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Thursday after arriving on Monday. “The Emperor opened a car ...