Dec 23, 2016

Full text of Emperor Akihito's message on his 83rd birthday

This is the official translation of Emperor Akihito’s message on his 83rd birthday. Looking back on the past 12 months since my last birthday, the first thing that comes to mind is the visit to the Philippines with the Empress at the end of January on ...

Emperor turns 83, gives thanks for response to video message

Dec 23, 2016

Emperor turns 83, gives thanks for response to video message

Addressing the country on his 83rd birthday Friday, Emperor Akihito thanked the public for heeding his message earlier in the year indicating his desire to abdicate. His annual birthday remarks followed a rare video message in which he said his advanced age could one day ...

Putin marks 63rd birthday on ice with NHL stars, West-sanctioned tycoons

Oct 8, 2015

Putin marks 63rd birthday on ice with NHL stars, West-sanctioned tycoons

Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice Wednesday, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons. Putin scored seven goals as his star-studded team, which included NHL legends Vyacheslav Fetisov and Pavel Bure, won the game 15-10. The opposing ...

Descendant from slaves, oldest person on Earth turns 116 in Brooklyn

Jul 7, 2015

Descendant from slaves, oldest person on Earth turns 116 in Brooklyn

The world's oldest living person, the daughter of sharecroppers and granddaughter of slaves, celebrated her 116th birthday on Monday in New York. Susannah Mushatt Jones marked the occasion privately with family but a public celebration is planned for Tuesday, according to the Gerontology Research Group. Jones ...

Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for 78th birthday

Dec 18, 2014

Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for 78th birthday

Pope Francis got a cake, cards and a tango demonstration for his 78th birthday Wednesday — and 800 kg (1,760 pounds) of chicken meat for the poor. The Vatican said Wednesday the meat, provided by a Spanish producer, would be distributed to soup kitchens. Francis also ...

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 Imperial ...

Dec 24, 2013

The Emperor's call for peace

Emperor Akihito on Monday celebrated his 80th birthday, becoming the second emperor to have passed this milestone while on the throne, following his father, Emperor Showa.