Japanese voice surprise, support for Emperor's plan to abdicate

Jul 14, 2016

Japanese voice surprise, support for Emperor's plan to abdicate

Many Japanese expressed surprise at the news Wednesday that Emperor Akihito plans to abdicate, but they said his wish should be respected. The Imperial Couple left their Imperial villa in Hayama, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Thursday after arriving on Monday. “The Emperor opened a car ...

Prince Akishino, wife meet pope at the Vatican

May 13, 2016

Prince Akishino, wife meet pope at the Vatican

Prince Akishino, the younger son of Emperor Akihito, and his wife, Princess Kiko, met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, the Imperial Household Agency said. It was the first audience with the pope by any members of the Imperial family since 1993, ...

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, ...