Prince Katsura, cousin of Emperor Akihito, dies at 66

Jun 8, 2014

Prince Katsura, cousin of Emperor Akihito, dies at 66

Prince Katsura, a cousin of Emperor Akihito and sixth in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne, died at a Tokyo hospital at 10:55 a.m. Sunday, the Imperial Household Agency announced. He was 66. The prince had been rushed to University of Tokyo Hospital in a ...

Imperial Couple visit Ise Shrine

Mar 26, 2014

Imperial Couple visit Ise Shrine

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture on Wednesday, following the ceremony last October to transfer the shrine deity to a new building. During their visit to the shrine, the Imperial jewel and sword, two of the family’s three sacred ...

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 ...

Off-limits areas of palace to open

Dec 17, 2013

Off-limits areas of palace to open

To commemorate Emperor Akihito’s 80th birthday, the Imperial Household Agency will open previously inaccessible parts of the Imperial Palace to the public next spring and fall. The Emperor turns 80 on Dec. 23. A special weekend tour will give some 300 people a first ...

Dec 2, 2013

Emperor, Empress meet Indian citizens in New Delhi

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Sunday visited a memorial Bo tree they planted in New Delhi 53 years ago. The Imperial Couple planted the tree at the official residence of the Japanese ambassador to India on Dec. 1, 1960, when they visited the ...

Nov 29, 2013

Emperor, Empress head to India

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will kick off their one-week official trip to India on Saturday. The Imperial Couple were invited by the Indian government as state guests for the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The couple ...

Nov 26, 2013

An Imperial break from tradition

The announcement that Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will be cremated and be interred in smaller mausoleums reflects their wish to minimize the impact of their funeral rites on people's lives.