Imperial Couple pay respects to WWII air raid victims

May 26, 2015

Imperial Couple pay respects to WWII air raid victims

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Tuesday paid tribute to the roughly 100,000 victims of the U.S. firebombing of Tokyo during World War II, attending a commemoration service at a memorial hall dedicated in part to those who died. The Imperial Couple last visited ...

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 ...