Emperor, Empress revisit India center after 53 years

Dec 4, 2013

Emperor, Empress revisit India center after 53 years

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Tuesday visited the India International Centre, a cultural exchange facility in New Delhi, 53 years after taking part in a ceremony to launch its construction when they were still the Crown Prince and Princess. Among those the Empress ...

Emperor, Empress plan to be cremated

Nov 14, 2013

Emperor, Empress plan to be cremated

The Emperor and Empress will be cremated after they die, a historic change from some 350 years in which ritual burials were the norm for monarchs from the early Edo Period, Imperial Household Agency chief Noriyuki Kazaoka says.

Emperor felt public affinity in '92 China trip

Oct 29, 2013

Emperor felt public affinity in '92 China trip

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko asked for “heart-to-heart” contacts with Chinese citizens during their 1992 visit to China that significantly boosted the two countries’ relations at the time. Yoshihiro Hasumi, Japan’s consul general in Shanghai at the time, said that to realize such contacts, ...

Empress turns 79, voices 'joy'

Oct 20, 2013

Empress turns 79, voices 'joy'

Empress Michiko, who turned 79 on Sunday, expressed joy over Crown Princess Masako’s first official overseas trip in 11 years. “I was truly happy that the Crown Princess was able to visit the Netherlands and return home safely,” the Empress said, referring to the ...