April 08, 2013
Prince Hisahito attended the entrance ceremony of Ochanomizu University Elementary School in Tokyo on April 7, the first imperial family member in postwar Japan to enroll in an ...
January 30, 2013
Although her public appearances have dwindled in number, Crown Princess Masako has consistently smiled for the cameras and waved to the crowds. But the princess’ emotional...
January 02, 2013
Emperor Akihito expressed hope that the victims and survivors of the March 11, 2011, disaster won't be forgotten and prayed for world peace, as part of his annual message for...
September 06, 2012
Prince Hisahito, the third in line for the Japanese throne, celebrated his birthday on Sept. 6, and the Imperial Household Agency told reporters about the recent activities of...
July 13, 2012
In his seven years as grand steward of the Imperial Household Agency, Shingo Haketa has an abiding memory of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko: Their heartfelt concern for...
May 23, 2012
The surgeon who performed the coronary artery bypass on Emperor Akihito admitted he felt intense pressure before the Feb. 18 operation and felt he would be “criticized as a...
May 18, 2012
LONDON--Emperor Akihito, currently visiting Britain with Empress Michiko, on May 17 spoke in English at the Japanese Embassy here to thank an audience of about 100 Britons who...
May 15, 2012
Emperor Akihito’s international diplomacy will come full circle with his arrival in Britain on May 16 to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
April 27, 2012
Breaking with centuries of tradition, Emperor Akihito has let it be known he wishes to be cremated in a simple ceremony after his death.
March 20, 2012
Emperor Akihito underwent surgery March 20 to remove fluid in his chest cavity, the Imperial Household Agency said.
March 05, 2012
Emperor Akihito is suffering from a loss of appetite and other effects of his heart surgery, but he still hopes to attend a memorial service for victims of the Tohoku disaster.
February 18, 2012
Emperor Akihito's coronary artery bypass surgery was successful, and he is expected to leave the hospital in about two weeks if the recovery goes smoothly, Imperial Household...
February 18, 2012
Japanese Emperor Akihito was undergoing heart-bypass surgery on Feb. 18 intended to allow him to lead a healthier, more active life.
February 17, 2012
Japan's Emperor Akihito was admitted to a Tokyo hospital on Feb. 17 to prepare for heart surgery set for Feb. 18.
February 14, 2012
Emperor Akihito will continue with his official duties right up until he checks into the University of Tokyo Hospital to undergo coronary bypass surgery on Feb. 18.
February 12, 2012
Emperor Akihito will undergo coronary bypass surgery on Feb. 18 at the University of Tokyo Hospital, the Imperial Household Agency announced on Feb. 12.
January 01, 2012
In his message for the new year, Emperor Akihito expressed hope for recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake.
November 30, 2011
Prince Fumihito, second in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne, seems to embrace the idea of setting an age limit for the emperor system and has made clear that he would like a...
April 07, 2011
Crown Princess Masako made a rare public appearance April 6, visiting along with Crown Prince Naruhito evacuees who were living near the troubled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power...
April 06, 2011
During the past few weeks, while Japan has experienced the horrendous triple disasters of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, I have been amazed at the encouraging and...