Former Japanese empress leaves hospital after cancer surgery
TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Empress Michiko was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday after undergoing breast cancer surgery, and bowed politely to the staff as she left.
Japan’s new emperor remorseful in 1st war anniversary speech
TOKYO (AP) — Emperor Naruhito expressed "deep remorse" over Japan's role in World War II in his first appearance at the annual ceremony marking the end of the hostilities.
Japan’s ex-Empress Michiko has early stage breast cancer
TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Empress Michiko has a breast cancer and will have an operation, palace officials said Friday.
The Imperial Household Agency said doctors found Michiko had...
Japanese crown prince, wife begin tour of Poland
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish president and first lady have welcomed Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and his wife Crown Princess Kiko as the royal couple begins a tour of Poland.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Naruhito's younger brother said Friday that the royal family can perform only a limited number of duties because its membership is declining sharply.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's 84-year-old former Empress Michiko went ahead with a visit to the ancient capital of Kyoto on Tuesday after doctors said she has a heart problem but can continue her...
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's 84-year-old former Empress Michiko has a heart problem that needs monitoring but can go ahead with a planned trip to the ancient capital of Kyoto with her husband, who...
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese palace officials used an ancient turtle-shell divination Monday to choose sites to harvest sacred rice to be used in an upcoming harvest ritual — the most important one new...
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Naruhito performed a Shinto ritual at the palace Wednesday to report to imperial family gods the plans for the main ceremonies of his succession later this...
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Naruhito greeted the public Saturday for the first time since his succession, expressing hope for Japan to keep pursuing peace.
Emperor Naruhito succeeded to the Chrysanthemum Throne after his father Akihito abdicated in a series of rituals and ceremonies in Japan.
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this...
TOKYO (AP) — Emperor Naruhito inherited the sacred sword and jewel that signaled his succession and pledged in his first public address Wednesday to follow his father's example by devoting himself...
TOKYO (AP) — Japan has witnessed a rare handover of its Chrysanthemum Throne by a living emperor.
New Emperor Naruhito ascended the throne on Wednesday after his father Akihito abdicated...
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Emperor Naruhito's succession (all times local):
Newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito received greetings by his relatives at a palace ceremony...
Japan Emperor Akihito wishes peace in son’s reign
Emperor announces abdication as Japan marks end of era
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Akihito announced his abdication at a palace ceremony Tuesday in his final address, as the nation embraced the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new...
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japanese Emperor Akihito's abdication (all times local):
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, representing the people at Emperor Akihito's...
AP Analysis: New Japanese emperor looks to match father
When Crown Prince Naruhito on Wednesday becomes, by official Japanese count, the 126th person to occupy the Chrysanthemum Throne since 660 B.C., he will be ceremonially armed with the glittering,...
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's 85-year-old Emperor Akihito ends his three-decade reign on Tuesday and his son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend to the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday. Some key questions...
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police on Monday arrested a man linked to knives found on the school desk of Emperor Akihito's 12-year-old grandson.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's imperial family is relatively small and will shrink further in the coming years. Only one of Emperor Akihito's four grandchildren is a male who can ascend to the throne. The...
Emperor Akihito to abdicate, Japan embraces end of era
TOKYO (AP) — Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate, as Japan embraces the end of his reign with an emotion mixed with reminiscence and hopes for a new era.
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police are investigating a knife that was placed on the school desk of Emperor Akihito's grandson, according to media reports Saturday.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito has had a lifetime mission: Make amends for a war fought in his father's name.
Akihito was just 11 when he heard his father Hirohito's voice on the radio...
Japan’s new emperor Naruhito: A cosmopolitan team player
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's soon-to-be-anointed new emperor is a musician and historian, both mild-mannered and quietly tenacious, a team player and a loyal husband and friend who will bring an unusually...
Japan courts Trump using emperor, first lady’s birthday
TOKYO (AP) — Without close friends in Asia, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to be using every opportunity, even the emperor's accession, to court President Donald Trump.
TOKYO (AP) — President Donald Trump and his wife Melania will make a state visit to Japan at the end of May to meet the newly enthroned emperor.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan is getting ready for its biggest celebration in years with the advent of the Reiwa era of soon-to-be emperor Naruhito. That means big opportunities for businesses hoping...
TOKYO (AP) — Emperor Akihito prayed at a Japanese shrine Thursday in a ritual to report his upcoming abdication to the Shinto gods.
The 85-year-old emperor will retire on April 30 in the...
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Wednesday just three weeks before he abdicates his throne.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government said Tuesday that the official translation of the era name for the new emperor will be "Beautiful Harmony," setting off confusion while offices rush to make changes...
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government has unveiled an era name, "Reiwa," or "pursuing harmony," for soon-to-be Emperor Naruhito, who will succeed the Chrysanthemum throne on May 1. His father, Emperor...
TOKYO (AP) — The era of Japan's next emperor, which begins May 1, will be named "Reiwa," connoting pursuit of harmony, the government said Monday after selecting the phrase from ancient Japanese...
What's in a name?
Quite a lot if you're a Japanese citizen just learning Monday that the soon-to-be-installed new emperor's next era will be called Reiwa.
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the new era name for soon-to-be-emperor Naruhito. (all times local):
Japan's government spokesman says the name of the era for the...
HONOLULU (AP) — The tourism industry in Hawaii is anticipating a boost from a stretch of Japanese holidays known as "Golden Week" that has been extended this year.
Japan’s emperor marks 30th year of reign at Tokyo ceremony
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito attended a ceremony on Sunday to mark the 30th year of his reign while calling for the country to embrace openness in a more globalized world.
Japan’s crown prince hopes to continue father’s legacy
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito says he hopes to continue the close relationship his father built with the people when he succeeds him as emperor later this year.
Japan’s Akihito seen as devoted to duties, open to new ideas
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito has devoted his 30-year reign to making amends for a war fought in his father's name, while adapting the 1,500-year-old monarchy to draw the Imperial Family...
Japan’s premier: New emperor’s era to be announced April 1
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister confirmed in his New Year's news conference that the era name for the new emperor's reign will be disclosed April 1.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that 2019 will mark pivotal times for Japan, repeatedly referring to Emperor Akihito's stepping down.
Akihito has chosen to buck tradition and abdicate while he is alive, citing frail health. His son becomes emperor May 1.
Japan emperor greets public in final New Year’s appearance
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Akihito waved on Wednesday to throngs of well-wishers eager to see his final New Year's appearance before abdicating in several months.
"I am truly happy to celebrate the New Year with all of you under such cloudless skies," the 85-year-old emperor told the crowd from a balcony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
Akihito has made annual New Year's appearances with his wife, Empress Michiko, and other family members to wish peace for the nation.
Japan emperor marks last birthday on throne, prays for peace
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Akihito, marking his 85th birthday — his last before his upcoming abdication — said he feels relieved that his reign is coming to an end without having seen his country at war and that it is important to keep telling younger people about his nation's wartime history.
Japanese prince wants royals to fund Shinto rite, not public
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Prince Akishino said a highly religious ritual that is part of next year's succession ceremonies should be paid for privately by the Imperial family, and questioned the government's decision to use public money.
AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia
Japan's Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako greeted guests at the autumn garden party at the Akasaka Palace imperial garden. Akihito has said he will abdicate next year.
In other images from the Asia-Pacific region this week, dancers in traditional dress waited for the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, for an Asia-Pacific summit. Leaders also met during a Southeast Asian summit in Singapore.
French film star Catherine Deneuve receives Japanese award
TOKYO (AP) — French film star Catherine Deneuve received Japan's most prestigious art award on Tuesday at a ceremony in Tokyo, where she was greeted by Emperor Akihito.
Deneuve received the Praemium Imperiale for her achievement in film and theater performances.
The 84-year-old Akihito, who is abdicating at the end of April, shook hands with Deneuve at a reception afterward and congratulated her, according to Japan's Kyodo News agency.
Elaborate throne for Japan’s next emperor arrives in Tokyo
TOKYO (AP) — The monumental imperial throne for the coronation of Japan's new emperor has arrived in Tokyo from an ancient imperial palace in Kyoto more than a year ahead of time, officials said Wednesday.
Crown Prince Naruhito will become Japan's next emperor on May 1 of next year, the day after his 84-year-old father, Emperor Akihito, abdicates.
French president hosts Japanese crown prince at Versailles
VERSAILLES, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron and Crown Prince Naruhito, Japan's next emperor, made a toast to continued friendship between their nations Wednesday in the sumptuous surroundings of the Chateau of Versailles.
Macron and his wife, Brigitte, hosted an official dinner for Naruhito, who began a nine-day goodwill visit to France over the weekend. The dinner marked a showpiece moment of the prince's trip.
Japan’s next emperor heads to France for goodwill visit
TOKYO (AP) — Crown Prince Naruhito, Japan's next emperor, was heading to France on Friday for a nine-day goodwill visit. His 84-year-old father, Emperor Akihito, is abdicating next year, handing the Chrysanthemum throne to the 58-year-old prince.
Japan crown prince says royal visits key to friendly ties
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito said he will take to heart how his father was mindful of Japan's history and tried to build closer ties during his upcoming visit to France, expected to be his last foreign trip before becoming emperor.
Naruhito, 58, told a news conference Wednesday that foreign visits, including his Sept. 7-15 trip to France, are a key role for the royal family in fostering friendship.