Prince Mikasa laid to rest in Imperial rite

Nov 4, 2016

Prince Mikasa laid to rest in Imperial rite

Emperor Akihito’s uncle, Prince Mikasa, who served in China during World War II and criticized the war waged in his older brother’s name, was laid to rest Friday in solemn ceremonies attended by the Imperial family, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other mourners. Mikasa’s ...

Nov 1, 2016

Prince Mikasa's funeral and tomb to cost ¥289 million

Funeral services and a tomb for Prince Mikasa, who died last week at age 100, will cost an estimated ¥289 million, with the Cabinet deciding Tuesday to disburse ¥209 million of the total from the government’s reserve funds for fiscal 2016. The remaining expenditures ...

14-year-old Princess Aiko absent from school for last month

Oct 25, 2016

14-year-old Princess Aiko absent from school for last month

Princess Aiko, the only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, has been absent from junior high school for a month due to poor health, an Imperial Household Agency official said. The 14-year-old princess has missed school since Sept. 26 because of ...

Sep 19, 2016

Abe won't set deadline for discussions on abdication issue

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is suggesting there will be no deadline for discussions by an envisaged panel of experts on Emperor Akihito’s possible abdication. “Rather than setting a deadline, I first want to hear opinions from various people in a calm atmosphere,” Abe told ...

Abe to announce plans for panel to discuss Emperor's abdication

Sep 15, 2016

Abe to announce plans for panel to discuss Emperor's abdication

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce plans for a panel to discuss Emperor Akihito’s abdication when he delivers a policy speech for the extraordinary Diet session to be convened on Sept. 26, a government source said Thursday. The government has decided to seek expert ...

Sep 9, 2016

Abe reluctant to consider concept of a female Emperor

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday sounded negative about the idea of starting a discussion about Japan having a female Emperor, as he hopes to prioritize the handling of Emperor Akihito’s desire to abdicate. “We’d like to give our thoughts to the Emperor’s anxieties ...