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 ...

Empress skips martial arts event due to bout of bronchitis

Dec 11, 2016

Empress skips martial arts event due to bout of bronchitis

Empress Michiko has a mild fever and other symptoms of acute bronchitis, the Imperial Household Agency said Sunday. The 82-year-old wife of Emperor Akihito canceled a planned appearance at the Japan Cup Karatedo Championships in Tokyo in the afternoon. An agency source said the ...

Emperor, Empress meet with Palau president at Imperial Palace

Jul 18, 2016

Emperor, Empress meet with Palau president at Imperial Palace

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Monday held informal talks over lunch with visiting Palau President Tommy Remengesau at the Imperial Palace, the Imperial Household Agency said. The Imperial Couple greeted the Palau leader at the entrance to the palace in central Tokyo, shaking ...

Japan looking to put on royal performance against Scotland

Jun 24, 2016

Japan looking to put on royal performance against Scotland

Japan and Scotland are both hoping to end their seasons in style Saturday by putting on a performance worthy of the occasion. The two sides will battle it out in front of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the stadium that will host the ...

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, ...