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, ...

Imperial Couple arrive in Philippines

Jan 26, 2016

Imperial Couple arrive in Philippines

Emperor Akihito says Japan must remember the tremendous loss of life in the Philippines during World War II as he and Empress Michiko start a four-day visit to the Southeast Asian country.

Emperor extends New Year's greetings to well-wishers

Jan 2, 2016

Emperor extends New Year's greetings to well-wishers

Emperor Akihito expressed his hopes for world peace as he appeared Saturday with his wife, Empress Michiko, sons and grandchildren behind bullet-proof glass before thousands of well-wishers waving flags. The 82-year-old Akihito, who was scheduled to make five such appearances at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace ...