Empress Emerita Michiko undergoes second round of cataract surgery

National Jun 24, 2019

Empress Emerita Michiko undergoes second round of cataract surgery

Empress Emerita Michiko has undergone cataract surgery on both of her eyes, the Imperial Household Agency said Sunday. The 84-year-old former empress has experienced vision difficulties for several years and had been hoping to have the surgery after retiring along with her husband, Emperor Emeritus ...

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, ...