Emperor, Empress to visit remote isles, Kyushu  disaster sites in October

National Aug 17, 2017

Emperor, Empress to visit remote isles, Kyushu disaster sites in October

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are planning to visit in late October the Kyushu region, which had recently been battered by torrential rain, to offer encouragement to residents recovering from the disaster, sources affiliated with the Imperial Household Agency said Wednesday. They are also considering ...

Emperor Akihito's abdication date may be announced in September

National Jul 27, 2017

Emperor Akihito's abdication date may be announced in September

Originally expected to make an official announcement next summer about the timing of Emperor Akihito's abdication and the start of the new era, the government may reveal details as early as September, informed sources said. The government believes moving up the timing of the announcement ...