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Emperor Akihito, who has undergone heart surgery and treatment from prostate cancer, expressed his desire to step down in a video message in 2016 due to concerns about his advanced age and weakening health preventing him from fulfilling his duties. The 84-year-old will be the first emperor ... Tokyo
For the previous enthronement ceremony of Emperor Akihito, in November 1990, the throne was airlifted from Kyoto by a Ground-Self Defense Force helicopter in a secret operation following a bomb threat from a radical group. The use of the Takamikura throne stirred religious controversy at that time as ... Tokyo

The Japanese government on Tuesday approved a basic plan for how to stage the imperial succession rites next year, including an enthronement ceremony on Oct. 22 to mark Crown Prince Naruhito's accession. Emperor Akihito, 84, will step down on April 30 next year, becoming the first ... Japan
The Emperor and Empress of Japan surprised early morning joggers as they enjoyed a walk along the outer moat of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The Imperial couple took an announced walk to view the cherry trees at the end of their blooms. The couple walked from the Kitahanebashimon gate at the ... Empress Michiko
The enthronement ceremony for the new emperor, now 58, is planned for Oct. 22, 2019 as a state occasion, after he succeeds to the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1 that year, a day after Emperor Akihito steps down, according to a basic government plan on imperial succession rites. Chief ...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have returned from their 11th trip to Okinawa Prefecture. With Akihito scheduled to abdicate the throne next spring, it is said that their March 2729 visit to the southernmost prefecture may be their last. The imperial couple have long harbored deep, sympathetic ...

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Yonagunijima, Japan's westernmost island, for the first time on March 28 after landing on Okinawa's main island the day before. On March 27, the imperial couple visited the national cemetery for citizens and soldiers who died in the Battle of Okinawa in ...
Embarking on a trip they sought to make one last time, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko departed Haneda Airport on the morning of March 27 for their 11th visit to Okinawa Prefecture. It will likely be the imperial couple's final visit to the prefecture before Akihito's scheduled abdication in April 2019.
The government plans not to have female members of the Imperial Family attend Kenji to Shokei no Gi, one of core ceremonies that will be used to mark Crown Prince Naruhito's accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne after Emperor Akihito's abdicates, sources said Saturday. The government will ...
An illustrated encyclopedia of native fish species of Japan that includes a lengthy entry by Emperor Akihito on his study of goby is the unexpected hit of the season. Priced at 6,900 yen ($64.50), the weighty tome published by Shogakukan Inc. has sold like hotcakes since it was released March 20, and ...
Princess Mako of Japan, who earlier this week announced that she was postponing her 2018 wedding until at least 2020 because of "immaturity", reappeared for the first time at a public engagement since the bombshell announcement. Emperor Akihito's 26-year-old granddaughter, who will need to give up ...
In an announcement released by the Imperial Household Agency Wednesday, the 26-year-old eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito cited time constraints as the main reason for the delay. According to the outlet, Princess Mako and Kei Komuro confirmed that they don't have much time to make ...
In fact, Kato said, it was the hawkish Michio Watanabe who advocated most strongly for Akihito to visit China. Given his conservative affiliations within the LDP, Watanabe was viewed as tough on China. But he began pushing for the trip immediately after becoming Miyazawa's foreign minister in the fall of ...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited their future home on Friday, an Imperial property they will temporarily move to after the Emperor abdicates on April 30, 2019. The Takanawa Imperial Residence in Tokyo's Minato Ward is the former home of Prince and Princess Takamatsu and has been vacant ...
On 12 January, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko along with other members of the Japanese Imperial family introduced their own compositions at the New Year Poetry Reading ceremony held at the Imperial Palace. The theme for 2018 was “GO” or (Words). The royals read their own waka, or poetry to ...
A basic plan for Emperor Akihito's abdication is to be compiled by March. The plan will have information on the ceremonies due to take place before his abdication as well as ceremonies related to the accession of Crown Prince Naruhito. Yoshihide Suga, the Chief Cabinet Secretary, is leading a group that ...
Akihito and Empress Michiko take a stroll together in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace every Sunday morning, according to the Imperial Household Agency. On one such stroll in the spring, Akihito found kinran, or a rare helleborine orchid, blooming with small, bright yellow flowers, in the grove of the ...

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will not be attending sumo's new year tournament as the ancient sport deals with a string of deep scandals, the palace told local media Thursday. Imperial Household Agency Grand Steward Shinichiro Yamamoto said the Japan Sumo Association had cancelled a ...
The Emperor of Japan, Akihito, was greeted by tens of thousands outside the Imperial Palace who had gathered to hear his New Year's speech. The New Year's speech is one of two events in which the Imperial Palace is open to the public. The other day is on the Emperor's Birthday on the 23rd of ...
MANILA – Even ahead of his abdication in April 2019, Emperor Akihito, who turned 84 last month, continues to be admired by former Philippine President Benigno Aquino with whom he has interacted directly on a number of past occasions. In a statement issued late last year to Kyodo News, Aquino said, ...
Japan's Emperor Akihito, who turned 84 yesterday (Dec 23), has said that he wants to start preparing for the dawn of a new era after he abdicates on April 30, 2019. “Over the remaining days, as I continue to carry out my duties as the symbol of the state, I would like to make preparations for passing the torch ...
TOKYO—Japan's Emperor Akihito marked his 84th birthday on Saturday with a pledge to fulfil his duties until the day of his abdication in 2019, and to prepare for “passing the torch to the next era.” Akihito waved to thousands of well-wishers from a balcony of the royal palace. He was to attend birthday ...
The government might turn Dec. 23, the holiday that honors the birthday of Emperor Akihito, into a normal working day after his abdication on April 30, 2019, officials said Thursday. After Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1, 2019, his birthday, Feb. 23, will turn into the new ...
May 24, 1990 - In Tokyo during a banquet for visiting South Korean President Roh Tae Woo, Akihito's "deepest regret" for the 35-year occupation of Korea, (1910-1945) is expressed. November 12, 1990 - Ascends to the Chrysanthemum Throne as the 125th Emperor of Japan, one year and ten months after ...
HONG KONG — The emperor of Japan will step down on April 30, 2019, the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in two centuries, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday. Emperor Akihito, 83, said last year that he planned to step down before his death, and Friday's announcement set the date.
Princess Mako of Japan has postponed her wedding to Kei Komuro until 2020, it has been announced. The 26-year-old granddaughter of Emperor Akihito was due to marry her college sweetheart in November, but has decided to push back the date due to a lack of time to make "sufficient preparations", ...
War wounds still have not healed. Issues relating to Korean “comfort women” continue to fester; so do issues relating to the hibakusha. The comfort women and hibakusha have dwindled in numbers; their war-time suffering requires the attention of the current symbol of the Japanese state. A less-known ...
The Japanese government has officially set the date for Emperor Akihito's abdication as April 30, 2019, and the date for the crown prince's accession to the throne as May 1, 2019, following Cabinet approval on December 8. The Yomiuri Shimbun conducted two interviews about institutional issues and ...
With the date for Emperor Akihito's abdication effectively set as April 30, 2019, efforts led by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to amend the Constitution may be delayed. The government and ruling bloc have looked at holding a national referendum on constitutional revisions on the same date as the ...
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's much admired Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate on April 30, 2019, at age 85 in the first such departure from the Chrysanthemum Throne in about 200 years, the government said Friday. Akihito's elder son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the throne a day later, beginning a new as ...
The Cabinet will officially approve on Friday a plan setting April 30, 2019 as the date for Emperor Akihito's abdication, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tuesday. Suga told Cabinet members during a morning meeting about discussions last Friday by a special panel on key Imperial issues that ...
TOKYO - A special panel to debate the timing of Emperor Akihito's abdication, Japan's first in nearly two centuries, meets on Friday, setting the stage for a formal decision by the government. Akihito, who turns 84 on Dec. 23 and has had heart surgery and been treated for prostate cancer, said last year he ...
TOKYO — Japan's much-admired Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate on April 30, 2019, at age 85 in the first such departure from the Chrysanthemum Throne in about 200 years, the government said Friday. Akihito's elder son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the throne a day later, beginning a new as yet ...
US President Donald Trump greeted Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Monday with a genteel handshake and nod, but no bow, avoiding the pitfall that led to criticism of his predecessor Barack Obama. Mr Trump, wearing a suit and tie and his wife, Melania, in a long, dark blue dress, were ...
A Molotov cocktail was thrown at Japanese Emperor Akihito as Crown Prince when he paid tribute to the Tower of Lilies, a tower honoring war victims, ...
Japan's Emperor Akihito, second from left, and Empress Michiko, led by a priest, right, visit Koma Shrine in Hidaka, northwest of Tokyo, ...
Little did Schrager know that his research on chicken broilers would lead to the prestigious Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship and the ...
Theresa May has met Emperor Akihito on the last day of a visit to Japan to discuss trade and security. The PM spent 20 minutes in private talks ...
And that's just as well as, if a political party based in the city has its way, the nation's ancient capital will host the household of Emperor Akihito ...
Reuters reports that Emperor Akihito, 83, will be succeeded by his eldest son, 57-year-old Crown Prince Naruhito. Tokyo is reportedly ...
Aging Emperor Akihito would be the first Japanese monarch to abdicate in almost 200 years. The new bill also calls on lawmakers to consider ...
Japan's government has approved a bill that will allow emperor Akihito to become the country's first monarch in two centuries to abdicate.
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TOKYO (REUTERS) - Emperor Akihito will hand over all public duties to his heir after retiring in what will be Japan's first abdication in nearly two centuries, the monarch's younger son said, responding to worries a former emperor might weaken his successor's status. Japan's Constitution defines the ...
Emperor Hirohito announced by radio that Japan lost World War II and Akihito, his son, addressed the nation on TV after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. The emperor is a ceremonial but revered figure in Japan's constitutional monarchy. It is currently the oldest hereditary monarchy in the world, ...
1. Cessation of Mr. Akihito Watanabe as an Alternate Director to Mr. Ali Haroon with effect from October 03, 2017 in accordance with provisions ...
TV anime Made in Abyss, based on the manga of the same name by Akihito Tsukushi, aired from July to September 2017. The story takes place ...
A Molotov cocktail was thrown at Japanese Emperor Akihito as Crown Prince when he paid tribute to the Tower of Lilies, a tower honoring war victims, ...
Japan's Emperor Akihito, second from left, and Empress Michiko, led by a priest, right, visit Koma Shrine in Hidaka, northwest of Tokyo, ...
Little did Schrager know that his research on chicken broilers would lead to the prestigious Crown Prince Akihito Scholarship and the ...


 

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