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Emperor Naruhito waves to well-wishers from a balcony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Friday, his 64th birthday.
Feb 23, 2024
On 64th birthday, Japan's Emperor Naruhito mourns Noto quake victims
The emperor expressed his desire to visit areas affected by the disaster on the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture with his wife, Empress Masako.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attend a ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the Metropolitan Police Department's founding in Tokyo on Monday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 15, 2024
Tokyo police mark 150th anniversary of founding
Founded on Jan. 15, 1874, Tokyo's MPD appointed as its first chief, who had studied European police systems and laid the foundation for Japan's modern law enforcement.
Emperor Naruhito and his family members attend a New Year's ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday.
Jan 2, 2024
Japan emperor's New Year greeting event canceled due to quake
The Imperial Household Agency said it had decided not to go ahead with the event based on the thoughts of the emperor and empress.
Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako and Princess Aiko pose for a photo at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Dec. 1.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 1, 2024
Japan emperor hopes for expanded support for needy people
Emperor Naruhito, in a New Year's message on Monday, expressed his wish that support will expand for people facing difficulties.
Empress Masako turned 60 on Saturday
Dec 9, 2023
Empress expresses feelings of gratitude and hope as she turns 60
Empress Masako turned 60 on Saturday as she expressed her deep gratitude to all those who have helped her.
Crown Prince Akishino visits the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday on his 58th birthday.
JAPAN / Society
Nov 30, 2023
Crown Prince Akishino says review of official royal duties needed
The Japanese imperial family has been shrinking as female members are legally required to give up their royal status upon marrying commoners.
Peter Maurer, former president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, speaks in Bern on Monday.
Nov 3, 2023
Ex-Red Cross head among 103 foreigners decorated in Japan
Peter Maurer, a Swiss diplomat who served as ICRC chief from 2012 to 2022, will be bestowed with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.
Prince Hisahito is the only male member of the imperial family eligible to ascend the throne in the generation after Emperor Naruhito and his younger brother, Crown Prince Akishino, who is the father of the 17-year-old prince.
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 29, 2023
LDP to create new team on imperial succession
Prince Hisahito, Crown Prince Akishino's 17-year-old son, is the only member of his generation currently eligible.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako release young barfin flounder and shrimp into the sea during the 42nd annual national marine convention in the town of Akkeshi in Hokkaido on Sept. 17.
Sep 27, 2023
Talks on imperial succession stall under Kishida administration
The prime minister has said that ensuring stable imperial succession is "an issue that cannot be put off," but no concrete steps have been taken.
Prince Hisahito (left) with a researcher at the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Aug. 2
Sep 6, 2023
Japan's Prince Hisahito, second in line to throne, turns 17
According to the Imperial Household Agency, the number of subjects the prince is studying has increased, and his assignments have become more challenging.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attend a memorial service marking the 78th anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 15, 2023
Japan marks 78th anniversary of the end of World War II
Members of bereaved families from 10 prefectures were unable to participate in the ceremony due to Typhoon Lan.
Japan Times
Jun 24, 2023
Why Emperor Naruhito's visit to Indonesia matters symbolically and practically
The emperor"s trip to Southeast Asia"s most populous nation carried a deeper meaning amid a tense security situation in the Indo-Pacific region.
Japan Times
Jun 22, 2023
Emperor Naruhito visits Borobudur temple during visit to Indonesia
The emperor, clad in a traditional batik-dyed shirt, climbed the stairs of the pyramid-shaped Buddhist temple in the suburb of Yogyakarta, an ancient city on Java Island.
Japan Times
Jun 20, 2023
Emperor Naruhito offers flowers at Indonesian military cemetery
The emperor expressed his hope that his visit would spark greater engagement between Japanese and Indonesians.
Japan Times
Jun 17, 2023
Japan emperor and empress arrive in Indonesia for first goodwill visit
Their stay through Friday includes a luncheon with President Joko Widodo and a visit to a cemetery honoring Indonesian independence fighters.
Japan Times
Jun 9, 2023
Japan's emperor and empress celebrate 30th wedding anniversary
The imperial couple said they felt "deeply emotional" as they reflected on the decades spent together and thanked the public for their support.
Japan Times
May 23, 2023
Emperor Naruhito inspects Arakawa River lock gate
The Arakawa Lock Gate was built to allow ships to travel between the Arakawa River and the old Naka River, which have different water levels.
Japan Times
May 12, 2023
Japan's imperial couple host first garden party in over four years
It was the first garden party to be held since the emperor ascended the throne in 2019.
Japan Times
Apr 6, 2023
Emperor Naruhito plans visit to Indonesia in June
If realized, the visit will be the second overseas journey for the Emperor since his accession to the throne in May 2019.
Japan Times
Mar 8, 2023
Horse carriages resume ferrying envoys for emperor visit after COVID stoppages end
The Imperial Household Agency has revived horse-drawn carriage processions in light of the resumption of other imperial events this year, including the New Year"s address by the emperor.


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