Princess Mako's engagement to be officially announced on July 8

Jun 20, 2017

Princess Mako's engagement to be officially announced on July 8

The Imperial Household Agency said Monday it will officially announce the engagement of Princess Mako, the first grandchild of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, to a university classmate on July 8. Princess Mako, 25, and her fiance-to-be, Kei Komuro, 25, will hold a news conference ...

Imperial Household Agency mulls expansion in staff for abdication

Jun 10, 2017

Imperial Household Agency mulls expansion in staff for abdication

The Imperial Household Agency is considering asking for more personnel to deal with the extra work expected for the abdication of Emperor Akihito. After passing on the Chrysanthemum Throne to Crown Prince Naruhito, Emperor Akihito is set to become joko, a title used for retired ...

Imperial Household Agency loosens up on access to Osaka burial mound

Dec 5, 2014

Imperial Household Agency loosens up on access to Osaka burial mound

As part of measured steps toward greater openness, a department of the Imperial Household Agency on Friday guided academics and reporters around a hitherto off-limits megalithic burial mound near Osaka Bay. Dating from the late fifth century, Tannowa Nisanzai Kofun is an earth mound surrounded ...

Sep 11, 2014

Gaps in record of late Emperor's life

The Imperial Household Agency has made public a 61-volume, 12,000-page record of the life of Emperor Hirohito, who reigned from 1926 to 1989. The compilation took more than 24 years, but the record does not include what the emperor said about Japan's war in ...

Sep 3, 2013

Suga irked, says princess' trip to IOC not political

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday he was distressed by remarks Imperial Household Agency Grand Steward Noriyuki Kazaoka made regarding Princess Hisako's attendance at the upcoming International Olympic Committee meeting in Buenos Aires. On Monday, Kazaoka said it was a "difficult decision" for the ...