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SINGAPORE - In 2009, then-President S R Nathan became Singapore's first head of state to visit Japan, three years after Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Singapore for the first time. The historic exchange of visits was made possible through the tireless efforts of Mr Tan Chin Tiong, ...
In an unlikely turn for the new venture, one of the company's bags found its way into the possession of Japan's Empress Michiko. The 83-year-old royal used it while traveling with Emperor Akihito to disaster-hit sites, including Minamisanriku in July 2014. "I was speechless," said Sato, who cried when he ...

The ordinance also specified that the emperor and Empress Michiko will be treated in the same way as the new emperor and his family members in terms of living costs and security guards after abdication. Japanese Emperor Akihito indicated his wish to relinquish and hand over the throne to the crown ...
This photo shows Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in the gardens of the Imperial Palace. (Photo courtesy of the Imperial Household Agency). TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese government on Tuesday gave a green light to the plan to hold Emperor Akihito's abdication ceremony on April 30, 2019, ...
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's imperial palace announced on Feb. 6 that Princess Mako's wedding will be postponed because of insufficient preparations, Japanese media reported, triggering speculation that the decision was related to criticism in tabloids of her fiance's family background. Mako and her college ...
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will make a three-day visit to Okinawa from March 27 to commemorate victims of World War II, ... The 84-year-old emperor, who will step down in April next year, and empress, 83, have long felt sympathy for Okinawa, around a quarter of whose ...

The Emperor, who has had heart surgery and underwent treatment for prostate cancer, will be 85 when he abdicates, while Empress Michiko will be 84. Special legislation had to be worked out by the Diet for him to relinquish the throne, as the Imperial House Law lacks a provision on abdication. Speaking ...
Michiko looked affectionately at the picture of the student giving the emperor a bunch of flowers at the same place 17 years ago, saying, “You've really grown up.” When the student told the empress that she has now come of age having turned 20, the empress said, “Congratulations, I wish you every ...
Empress Michiko of Japan has written 50 waka poems for a book of her own poetry that was recently published in Germany. The Empress wrote poetry following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and when the German publishing house Herder learned of their existence, he approached ...
Between them the band's members have performed for many heads of state, presidents of Ireland, U.S. presidents, the queen of England, the president of China, Prince Albert of Monaco, and Empress Michiko of Japan. They also have performed at Radio City Music Hall, the Great Hall of the People in ...
Princess Mako, 26, is the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko and her father, Prince Akishino, is currently second in line to the throne. The young royal is currently engaged to Kei Komuro, a paralegal she met while the two were studying at Tokyo's International Christian University.
The Imperial Household Agency announces that Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will visit Okinawa in late March. The trip will include their first-ever visit to the island of Yonagunijima, Japan's westernmost point. Beatrice Fihn, the head of ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ...
Age of women: Prince Akishino's son Prince Hisahito (standing centre) is the only male grandchild of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko (seated centre) as seen in this New Year's imperial family photo. Crown Prince Naruhito and his wife Crown Princess Masako (seated left) have a daughter, Princess ...
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 ...
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko plan to visit Okinawa in March to pay tribute to those who died in the fierce ground battle there ... The source said the emperor and empress will fly to Okinawa's main island and visit the National War Dead Peace Mausoleum in the city of Itoman on ...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko plan to visit Okinawa in March to pay tribute to those who died in the fierce ground battle there during World War II, a source close to the Imperial Household Agency said Friday. During the three-day trip from March 27, the imperial couple are expected to visit Japan's ...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, along with other members of the Imperial Family, appeared at the annual New Year Poetry Reading ... Their Majesties the Emperor and the Empress take a stroll together in the garden of the Imperial Residence early every morning as part of their daily routine.

But given former Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji's assault on another wrestler, the sumo association informed the Imperial Household Agency to retract its invitation offer this week, the agency's Grand Steward Shinichiro Yamamoto said in a regular press conference. Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko ...
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 ...
Japanese Empress Michiko reflected on the path her husband Emperor Akihito has followed ahead of his abdication scheduled for April 30, 2019, in a poem recited Friday at the annual New Year Poetry Reading Ceremony at the Imperial Palace. This year's theme for the "waka" poems at the reading was ...
The Kosho Hajime new year lecture event, in which leading experts from the academic community deliver lectures to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, was held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Wednesday. They were joined by other members of the Imperial family, including Crown Prince Naruhito ...
Following the video message, the Abe administration set up a government panel to discuss issues related to the abdication, including the statuses of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko after the abdication. But throughout the talks at the panel, which also invited experts on the Imperial system and related ...
The emperor and empress were joined Jan. 2 by Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, Prince Fumihito and his wife Princess Kiko, the couple's daughter Princess Mako, and other royals. It was Mako's last time to offer New Year greetings as a member of the imperial family due to her marriage ...
... for New Year celebrations at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, January 2, 2018. Royal family members are (L-R) Crown Princess Masako, Crown Prince Naruhito, Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Prince Akishino, and his wife Princess Kiko and their daughter Princess Mako. REUTERS/Toru Hanai.
Japan's Emperor Akihito and and Empress Michiko wave to well-wishers from the bullet-proofed balcony during New Year's public appearance with his family members at Imperial Palace in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. | Photo Credit: AP. Emperor Akihito, who is handing the Chrysanthemum Throne to his ...
Emperor Akihito's thoughts turned to his visits to Vietnam and Thailand, among other things, and Empress Michiko reminisced about her conversations with southern islanders of Japan in "waka" poems the couple composed. The eight 31-syllable poems were released by the Imperial Household Agency.
Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, along with other members of the imperial family, welcomed 2018 with a New Year's ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. This will be the last full year for the 84-year-old emperor to carry out his duties as the symbol of the state, as he is set to abdicate in ...
Akihito and Empress Michiko, the first commoner to marry into the royal family, are popular in Japan. Although Japan fought World War II in the name of the emperor, Akihito has always stood for peace. Hirohito had been viewed as divine. No one had even heard his voice until the nation's defeat in 1945.
Japan's Emperor Akihito, second from left, with Empress Michiko and Crown Prince Naruhito, left, waves to well-wishers from the bullet-proofed balcony during his New Year's public appearance with his family members at Imperial Palace in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. Akihito, who is handing the ...
Members of the Imperial family and state dignitaries have presented their New Year greetings to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. The greeting ceremony was held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on New Year's Day. Crown Prince Naruhito and members of the Imperial family were joined by the Prime ...
In October, the emperor and Empress Michiko visited people affected by torrential rains that hit the Fukuoka and Oita prefectures in southwestern Japan in July, causing mudslides and river flooding. The emperor said the sheer scale of the disaster, which he witnessed during the trip, made him realize anew ...
Also on Monday, the Imperial Household Agency said Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will move temporarily from the Imperial Palace to the Takanawa residence, which is also in Tokyo, after his abdication. They will move again within about 18 months to Togu Palace on the Akasaka Estate, Yasuhiko ...
Akihito is the fifth child and first son of Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako. Akihito means ... June 16, 2000 - Akihito's mother, Nagako Kuni, the Empress Dowager of Japan dies, at age 97. January 18, 2003 ... July 14-16, 2009 - Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit Hawaii. They do not visit Pearl ...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will move temporarily from the Imperial Palace to the Takanawa residence, both in Tokyo, after his abdication on April 30, 2019, the Imperial Household Agency said Monday. The couple will move again within about 18 months from the residence to the Togu Palace on ...
It is the first time that Akihito's ideas on the abdication ceremony were disclosed. Yamamoto also said that Empress Michiko shares the same preferences. The government is considering holding the abdication ceremony on April 30, 2019, the day when the emperor abdicates. It will be the first time in about ...
Emperor Akihito, 83, who ascended the throne in 1989, and Empress Michiko, 83, have often traveled to disaster-hit areas to comfort survivors. They have also made trips to World War II battlefields overseas to pay tribute to those who lost their lives. Japan fought the war in the name of Emperor Akhito's ...
Referring to the Emperor's planned abdication, the date of which was officially set on Friday, the Crown Princess said she is deeply moved when she thinks about the steps Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have taken over a long time, wishing for the public's happiness and carrying out their official ...
The emperor and his wife, Empress Michiko, who was born a commoner, are an elegant, stately pair often seen making visits to disaster victims and carrying out other official duties. The legislation for Akihito's case was needed because the 1947 Imperial House Law does not provide for abdication. The last ...
TOKYO (BERNAMA) - Japanese Empress Michiko celebrated her 83rd birthday on Friday (Oct 20), expressing her tremendous relief at the enactment in June of a special law to allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate, local media reported. In written answers to journalists' questions prior to her birthday, Empress ...
Meanwhile, the couple has already informed Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko that wedding-related ceremonies will be delayed. The monarch is reportedly respectful of the couple's decision. Princess Mako will lose her royal status when she marries a commoner. Shizuo Kambayashi / AP Images.
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have placed great importance on exchanges with people of Japanese descent living overseas and their activities have already been taken over by Crown Prince Naruhito and Prince Akishino. In accordance with the Imperial House Law, Princess Mako is set to ...
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Friday visited an imperial property in Tokyo that they will move to from the Imperial Palace ... The emperor and empress will move again within 18 months from the Takanawa residence to the Togu Palace in the Akasaka Estate in the same ward ...
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 ...
BERLIN--Fifty “waka” poems by Empress Michiko have been published in German. A book launch was held at the Japanese Embassy in Berlin on Jan. 16 to celebrate the collection, published by Herder. The book is titled "Nur eine kleine Maulbeere. Aber sie wog schwer" (Just a little mulberry, but it weighs ...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. In 2019, Akihito will become Japan's first monarch to abdicate in two centuries. TOKYO -- Japan's cabinet on Friday officially set the emperor's abdication for April 30, 2019, turning the focus to ceremonial proceedings and other details involved in the succession to the ...
Emperor Akihito, 83, who ascended the throne in 1989, and Empress Michiko, 83, have often traveled to disaster-hit areas to comfort survivors. They also visited former World War II battlefields overseas as part of their efforts to pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the war, which Japan fought in the ...
The emperor and his wife, Empress Michiko, who was born a commoner, are an elegant, stately pair often seen making visits to disaster victims and carrying out other official duties. The legislation for Akihito's case was needed because the 1947 Imperial House Law does not provide for abdication. The last ...
... in a statement that they welcomed the fact that Masako is gaining more confidence through performing public duties and, as a result, the range of her engagements is widening. On Dec. 9, Masako visited the Imperial Palace to formally make her birthday greeting to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.
Earlier this month President Trump greeted 83 year-old Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in Tokyo with a genteel handshake and nod, but no bow. This avoided the pitfall of President Obama who was criticised by Americans for his deep bow to the monarch in 2009. After the meeting, Trump shook ...


 

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