Emperor Emeritus Akihito marks first birthday since abdication

National Dec 23, 2019

Emperor Emeritus Akihito marks first birthday since abdication

Emperor Emeritus Akihito turned 86 on Monday, marking his first birthday since he stepped down from the chrysanthemum throne in late April to become the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in around 200 years. The former emperor continues to live in the Imperial Palace but ...

Japan's Empress Emerita Michiko has breast cancer completely removed

National Sep 20, 2019

Japan's Empress Emerita Michiko has breast cancer completely removed

Empress Emerita Michiko's breast cancer has been completely removed and no metastasis has been observed, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday. The agency announced the result of the final pathology examination of the 84-year-old former empress, who underwent successful surgery to remove stage 1 cancer ...

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 ...