• Kyodo News


Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Friday received New Year’s greetings from other Imperial family members and government leaders at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

Among the well-wishers were Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, heads of the Diet’s two chambers and the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

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