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Equinox, ridden by Christophe Lemaire, wins the autumn Tenno Sho horse race on Oct. 29 at Tokyo Racecourse.
JAPAN / History
Feb 15, 2024
Imperial family boasts enduring bond with horse racing
Emperor Meiji saw the need to improve the quality of domestic horses to boost Japan's standing with Europe and the U.S.
Princess Aiko during the Imperial New Year's Lectures at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Jan. 11
Jan 22, 2024
Princess Aiko to work at Japanese Red Cross Society from April
Although planning to continue engaging in her official duties as an imperial family member, the princess has been hoping to be employed by the society.
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.
Princess Kako speaks with Japanese Peruvians in Lima on Nov. 3 during an official visit to Peru.
Dec 29, 2023
Japan's Princess Kako turns 29
The princess attended more events in the past year than before, reflecting the removal of COVID-19 pandemic-linked restrictions.
Empress Emerita Michiko and Emperor Emeritus Akihito wave to well-wishers at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in 2020.
Dec 23, 2023
Former Emperor Akihito turns 90
The former emperor spent another peaceful year with his wife, former Empress Michiko, after abdicating in 2019.
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.
Princess Aiko, a fourth-year student at Gakushuin University's Faculty of Letters, has been studying on campus since last spring after attending classes online during the coronavirus pandemic.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 1, 2023
Princess Aiko balances studies with official duties as she turns 22
Her responsibilities have allowed her to connect with the history and traditions of the imperial family.
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.
Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako greet guests during the autumn garden party at the Akasaka Palace in Tokyo on Nov. 2.
Nov 17, 2023
LDP to consider imperial law revision for stable succession
The focus of discussions will be, in part, on whether to allow Japan to have a female emperor.
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.
Empress Emerita Michiko, who turned 89 on Friday, walks with her husband, Emperor Emeritus Akihito, at their residence in Tokyo on Oct. 6.
Oct 20, 2023
Empress Emerita Michiko turns 89
The former empress enjoys observing seasonal insects and flowers at her residence.
Tohoku Imperial University, the predecessor of Tohoku University in Sendai, opened its doors to three women in 1913, who became the first female university students in Japan.
Sep 30, 2023
Ceremony marks 110 years of women at Japan universities
The predecessor of Tohoku University in Sendai opened its doors to three women in 1913, who became the first female university students in Japan.
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 visits the Imperial Palace on Sept. 6.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Sep 14, 2023
Prince Hisahito tests positive for COVID-19
Prince Hisahito, who is second in line to the imperial throne, has tested positive for COVID-19.
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.
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 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.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation