Empress Emerita Michiko to undergo heart exam

National Jun 7, 2019

Empress Emerita Michiko to undergo heart exam

Empress Emerita Michiko will undergo a heart exam after a blood test earlier this week showed a higher risk of heart failure, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday. The 84-year-old former empress has experienced shortness of breath more frequently during her morning walks since the ...

In pictures: Japan's new emperor

National May 1, 2019

In pictures: Japan's new emperor

Emperor Naruhito ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday, as the new imperial era — known as Reiwa — began following his father's abdication the previous day after three decades as emperor. The 59-year-old new emperor is expected to follow the footsteps of his father, ...

In pictures: The Imperial Couple

National Apr 29, 2019

In pictures: The Imperial Couple

Emperor Akihito, who will abdicate Tuesday, has reigned for three decades from 1989 through the Heisei Era as a "symbol of the state and of the unity of the people" with Empress Michiko at his side. The Imperial Couple have made it their mission to ...

Incoming Imperial monarchs offer Japan something new

National Apr 29, 2019

Incoming Imperial monarchs offer Japan something new

by Elaine Lies

Crown Prince Naruhito and his wife, Crown Princess Masako, represent a lot of firsts for the nation's next Imperial monarchs: university-educated, multilingual and with years of experience living overseas, during which the monarch-to-be even did his own laundry. As they prepare to carve out identities ...