Apr 8, 2015

War and peace: a brief history of Palau

Following is a list of key events related to Palau and the visit this week by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to mourn the war dead: 1914 — Japan seizes Palau and other Pacific islands at the start of World War I. 1920 — ...

Emperor arrives in Palau to commemorate WWII victims

Apr 8, 2015

Emperor arrives in Palau to commemorate WWII victims

Emperor Akihito arrived Wednesday in the Pacific island nation of Palau, where he will visit a World War II battlefield, the latest journey in his efforts to soothe the wounds of the conflict that still haunts Asia 70 years after its end. Some 10,000 ...

Island state cleans up for rare Imperial visit

Apr 2, 2015

Island state cleans up for rare Imperial visit

Palau is stepping up preparations for next week’s visit by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, who are coming to mourn those who died on its islands during the war. Authorities of the island nation, with a population of around 20,000, are making sure the ...

Mar 22, 2015

Emperor, Empress meet Palau battle veterans ahead of visit

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met with two survivors of the battle for Peleliu Island on Sunday ahead of the Imperial Couple’s visit to Palau early next month, the Imperial Household Agency said. Keiji Nagai, 93, and Kiyokazu Tsuchida, 95, survived the bloody battle ...

Imperial Couple release 'waka' poems to mark New Year's Day

Jan 1, 2015

Imperial Couple release 'waka' poems to mark New Year's Day

The Imperial Household Agency released on Thursday several 31-syllable “waka” poems written by the Imperial Couple in 2014 to celebrate New Year’s Day. In one of his three poems, Emperor Akihito expressed the feelings of gratitude he felt when he visited the Ise Grand ...