Jan 20, 2017

Japan's Imperial Couple to make first visit to Vietnam

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will make a weeklong trip from Feb. 28 to Vietnam, their first visit to the Southeast Asian country, as well as Thailand, the government said Friday. The Emperor and Empress aim to promote international goodwill in their visit to ...

The top Japan news stories of 2016

Dec 29, 2016

The top Japan news stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these national news stories as the most important of 2016. 1. A president in Hiroshima: U.S. President Barack Obama made a historic and emotional visit to Hiroshima on May 27. He was the first sitting U.S. president to go ...

Emperor to forgo New Year's message to lighten burden

Dec 26, 2016

Emperor to forgo New Year's message to lighten burden

Emperor Akihito, who turned 83 last Friday, will no longer deliver a New Year’s message as part of the effort to help ease his burden, the Imperial Household Agency said. Vice Grand Steward Yasuhiko Nishimura said Monday that the Emperor has accepted a proposal ...