Princess Aiko turns 13, shows tennis aptitude

Dec 1, 2014

Princess Aiko turns 13, shows tennis aptitude

Princess Aiko, the only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, turned 13 years old Monday. The Princess, a first-grader at Gakushuin Girls’ Junior High School, developed a fondness for tennis last spring and enjoys playing against her parents on holiday, the ...

Emperor, Empress meet Dutch royal couple

Oct 29, 2014

Emperor, Empress meet Dutch royal couple

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met on Wednesday with Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, who are visiting Japan as state guests. During the meeting at the Imperial Palace, the king said many Japanese companies have expanded into the Netherlands and created new jobs ...

Prince Hisahito, third in line to Imperial throne, turns 8

Sep 6, 2014

Prince Hisahito, third in line to Imperial throne, turns 8

Prince Hisahito, third in line to the throne in the Imperial family, turned 8 on Saturday. The son of Prince Akishino and his wife, Kiko, the prince is in his second year at a Tokyo elementary school affiliated with Ochanomizu University and seems to ...

'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 ...

Jun 16, 2014

Crown Prince lauds Swiss ties ahead of official visit

Crown Prince Naruhito said he was looking forward to bolstering ties with Switzerland as he prepared to depart for an official visit there this week. “It is very significant to strengthen exchanges with Switzerland, which is known for its international humanitarian spirit and openness ...

Prince Katsura, cousin of Emperor Akihito, dies at 66

Jun 8, 2014

Prince Katsura, cousin of Emperor Akihito, dies at 66

Prince Katsura, a cousin of Emperor Akihito and sixth in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne, died at a Tokyo hospital at 10:55 a.m. Sunday, the Imperial Household Agency announced. He was 66. The prince had been rushed to University of Tokyo Hospital in a ...

Media minds manners in royal reportage

| Jun 7, 2014

Media minds manners in royal reportage

by Philip Brasor

As much as we all love them, the Imperial family doesn’t make for exciting reading. Last week, the European press was beside itself with news of the abdication of Spain’s King Juan Carlos, who has been hit by several public support-sapping scandals in recent ...