May 11, 2016

Emperor, Empress may visit quake-hit Kyushu next week

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will visit Kumamoto Prefecture as early as next week to meet residents affected by the major earthquakes that struck central Kyushu last month, a source close to the matter said Wednesday. With aftershocks persisting and the Imperial Couple scheduled ...

May 10, 2016

Official duties of aging Emperor, Empress to be eased

The Imperial Household Agency said Monday it will reduce the official duties of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, both in their 80s, to ease the burden on them by cutting the number of their meetings with guests at the Imperial Palace. By next March, ...

Imperial Couple pray for lost fishermen in tsunami-hit port city

Mar 17, 2016

Imperial Couple pray for lost fishermen in tsunami-hit port city

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Thursday offered prayers to fishermen and others in the fishing industry who lost their lives during the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami during a visit to a monument in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture. The Imperial Couple were on the ...

Emperor diagnosed with influenza

Feb 29, 2016

Emperor diagnosed with influenza

Emperor Akihito has been diagnosed as having contracted influenza, the Imperial Household Agency said Monday. With symptoms including a fever of 37 to 38 degrees, sore throat and mild cough, the Emperor, 82, plans to rest at his residence in the Imperial Palace in ...

Imperial Couple lay flowers at Filipino war monument

Jan 29, 2016

Imperial Couple lay flowers at Filipino war monument

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited a memorial to Japanese war dead southeast of Manila on Friday to commemorate those who died in the Philippines in some of the conflict’s fiercest fighting. The Imperial Couple bowed their heads and laid white flowers before the ...

Imperial Couple arrive in Philippines

Jan 26, 2016

Imperial Couple arrive in Philippines

Emperor Akihito says Japan must remember the tremendous loss of life in the Philippines during World War II as he and Empress Michiko start a four-day visit to the Southeast Asian country.