Apr 9, 2015

Keeping the memory of war alive

In visiting Palau, the Emperor is continuing his efforts to ensure that the memories of Japan's wartime experience are kept alive and passed down to future generations.

Palau president lauds Imperial Couple's upcoming visit

Mar 29, 2015

Palau president lauds Imperial Couple's upcoming visit

President Tommy Remengesau expressed gratitude for the decision by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to visit the Pacific island nation next month on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. “We are very much honored and grateful for this historical opportunity ...

Emperor turns 81, hopes Japan will move forward in peace

Dec 23, 2014

Emperor turns 81, hopes Japan will move forward in peace

Emperor Akihito, on the occasion of his 81st birthday Tuesday, expressed hope that Japan will move forward with other nations as a peaceful country, ahead of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II next year. “I ardently hope that Japan will ...

Dec 4, 2014

Emperor, Empress visit Hiroshima A-bomb memorial

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Thursday visited Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima and laid flowers at the cenotaph for atomic bomb victims. Afterward, the Imperial couple visited one of the city’s four nursing homes for hibakusha and offered words of encouragement to the ...

Nov 4, 2014

Emperor greets Micronesian President Mori

Emperor Akihito greeted Micronesian President Emanuel Mori on Tuesday at the Imperial Palace, the Imperial Household Agency said. During their meeting, Mori welcomed a planned visit by the Emperor and Empress to Palau next year, the 70th anniversary of the end of World War ...

Nov 3, 2014

Japan to bestow awards on 4,029 people in autumn decorations ceremony

Japan will bestow government decorations in recognition of contributions to the state on 4,029 people, including 370 women, the central government announced on Monday. The awards will also include 57 foreigners from 30 countries and territories. The top decoration, the Grand Cordon of the ...

Oct 30, 2014

Princess Kako to transfer to ICU from Gakushuin

Princess Kako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, has passed the entrance examination for International Christian University in Tokyo, the Imperial Household Agency said Thursday. The 19-year-old daughter of Prince Akishino, the Emperor’s second son, is scheduled to enroll in ICU’s college of liberal arts ...

Emperor, Empress meet Dutch royal couple

Oct 29, 2014

Emperor, Empress meet Dutch royal couple

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met on Wednesday with Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, who are visiting Japan as state guests. During the meeting at the Imperial Palace, the king said many Japanese companies have expanded into the Netherlands and created new jobs ...