National 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

National 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 ...

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

World 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 ...

Princess Aiko turns 13, shows tennis aptitude

National 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 ...

Editorials 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.

Emperor turns 80, aims to fulfill role as best as he can

National Dec 23, 2013

Emperor turns 80, aims to fulfill role as best as he can

Emperor Akihito, on the occasion of his 80th birthday on Monday, repeated his intention to do his best amid expectations that he will hand over some of his official duties to the younger generation in the year after next. "While accepting the limits arising from ...

Children-related causes a major interest despite health problems

National Dec 9, 2013

Children-related causes a major interest despite health problems

Crown Princess Masako has for years interacted with children and ceaselessly provided support despite her stress-induced health problems. According to a close aide, the Crown Princess, who has visited numerous care institutions, hospitals and attended cultural festivals, has a "desire to get into contact with ...