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 ...

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 ...

Oct 12, 2014

Abe eyes summit with Palau leader by next spring

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering holding a summit with Palau President Tommy Remengesau by next spring in Japan, ahead of the planned visit to the Pacific island country by the Emperor and Empress, government sources said Saturday. Abe aims to lay the groundwork ...

'Imperial pony' dies after long life at Yokohama park

Jul 28, 2014

'Imperial pony' dies after long life at Yokohama park

The last of two male ponies presented to the Imperial family by Argentina in 1979 died Monday at a park in Yokohama, according to the park that was the ponies’ home in Japan. Kodomonokuni children’s park said the pony, named Garucho and believed to ...

Nov 29, 2013

Emperor, Empress head to India

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will kick off their one-week official trip to India on Saturday. The Imperial Couple were invited by the Indian government as state guests for the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The couple ...