Japan’s emperor expresses sorrow for people suffering in warFebruary 23, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Naruhito expressed deep sorrow for the suffering of people in conflicts around the world and stressed the importance of dialogue and cooperation in remarks released for his 63rd birthday Thursday.
Japanese emperor greets crowd at palace after COVID hiatusJanuary 2, 2023 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and his family waved to throngs of New Year’s well-wishers from the balcony at the Imperial Palace on Monday in the return of a celebration halted for the past two years by the pandemic.
Live updates: Japan emperor, empress head to UK for funeralSeptember 17, 2022 GMT
TOKYO — Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako left for Britain on Saturday to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral to pay respects to her and the British royal family who considered as a model for Japan’s monarchy in modern history.
Japanese emperor, empress to attend queen’s funeralSeptember 14, 2022 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will travel to Britain to attend Queen Elizabeth II ’s state funeral next week to pay respects to her, Japan's top government spokesperson said Wednesday.
Hanae Mori, Japanese designer for films, empress, dies at 96August 18, 2022 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Designer Hanae Mori, known for her elegant signature butterfly motifs, numerous cinema fashions and the wedding gown of Japan's empress, has died, her office said Thursday. She was 96.
Japan princess says lives lost in Ukraine breaks her heartMarch 17, 2022 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Naruhito’s only daughter, Princess Aiko, said she is heartbroken by the loss of many lives in Ukraine during her first solo news conference Thursday as an adult royal member.
Japan emperor turns 62, calls for hope to overcome pandemicFebruary 23, 2022 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Naruhito, marking his 62nd birthday on Wednesday, called on people to keep “the fire of hope” burning in their hearts and support each other to overcome the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Japan’s emperor prays for pandemic dead in New Year messageJanuary 1, 2022 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Emperor Naruhito offered prayers for those who died during the pandemic, taking to video for the second straight year for his New Year’s greeting on Saturday, having canceled public palace gatherings to curb coronavirus infections.
Japan panel recommends no change to male-only emperor systemDecember 22, 2021 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — A government panel has retained Japan's male-only imperial succession system despite a sharply shrinking number of men in the royal family.
The panel submitted a report to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday proposing ways to ensure there are enough potential successors, such as adopting single men from some of the 11 now-defunct royal households as potential heirs, and allowing female royals to retain their status after marrying commoners.
Japan emperor’s daughter Aiko turns 20, throne not in sightDecember 1, 2021 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Princess Aiko, the daughter of Emperor Naruhito, on Wednesday turned 20, ready for a debut as a new adult member to take a share of official duties for the royal family whose population continues to shrink under the male-only succession law.
Japan crown prince says royals should refute extreme attacksNovember 30, 2021 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Crown Prince Akishino, the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito, has complained about harsh criticism of his daughter’s recent marriage and suggested that the imperial family should be allowed to refute false and extreme attacks.
Japanese princess’s fiancé returns for delayed marriageSeptember 27, 2021 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Princess Mako’s fiancé returned to Japan on Monday for their marriage, which was suspended for more than three years because of a financial dispute involving his mother.
Kei Komuro, 29, arrived from New York, where he studied law and plans to work as a lawyer, with his hair in a ponytail, a bold statement by Japanese standards for someone marrying a princess in the tradition-bound imperial family.
Paralympic closing marks end of Tokyo’s 8-year Olympic sagaSeptember 5, 2021 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — The final act of the delayed Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics came Sunday, almost eight years to the day after the Japanese capital was awarded the Games.
The Paralympics ended a 13-day run in a colorful, circus-like ceremony at the National Stadium overseen by Crown Prince Akishino, the brother of Emperor Naruhito.
Paralympics open in empty stadium — just like OlympicsAugust 24, 2021 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — The Paralympics began Tuesday in the same empty National Stadium — during the same pandemic — as the opening and closing ceremonies of the recently completed Tokyo Olympics.
Japanese Emperor Naruhito got it all started again, this time under the theme “We Have Wings.” Among the few on hand were Douglas Emhoff, husband of U.S.
Tokyo’s Olympic fears give way to acceptance, to a pointAugust 12, 2021 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — When the Tokyo Olympics began during a worsening pandemic in Japan, the majority of the host nation was in opposition, with Emperor Naruhito dropping the word “celebrating” from his opening declaration of welcome.
From the Emperor on down: Memories of the ’64 Tokyo OlympicsJuly 29, 2021 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — From Emperor Naruhito on down, every Japanese of a certain age remembers the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Even younger Japanese connect through parents or aunts and uncles who stored old photos, told stories or recalled getting a television set for the first time to watch the Games.
Jill Biden in Tokyo for Olympic Games, meets prime ministerJuly 22, 2021 GMT
TOYKO (AP) — Jill Biden embarked on her first solo international trip as first lady, leading a U.S. delegation to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where the coronavirus is surging and COVID-19 infections have climbed to a six-month high.
Palace: Japan emperor ‘worried’ about Olympics amid pandemicJune 24, 2021 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Emperor Naruhito is “extremely worried” that the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics could accelerate the spread of the coronavirus, the head of the Imperial Palace said Thursday with the games opening in one month.
Still recovering, Japan marks 10 years since tsunami hitMarch 12, 2021 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan fell quiet at 2:46 p.m. Thursday to mark the minute that an earthquake began 10 years ago, setting off a tsunami and nuclear crisis that devastated the country’s northeast coast in a disaster that one survivor said he fears people are beginning to forget...
Japan emperor shows concern to those suffering in pandemicFebruary 23, 2021 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Naruhito expressed concern about the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on people's health and livelihoods, noting that he has used online meetings to connect with people he could not console in person...
Japan’s emperor acknowledges virus hardship in video messageJanuary 1, 2021 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Naruhito expressed gratitude to medical professionals and acknowledged the hardship caused by the coronavirus in a New Year's Day message shared by video instead of the usual public speech in front of large crowds at the palace...
Japan emperor’s brother proclaimed 1st in line to throneNovember 8, 2020 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Naruhito's younger brother, Crown Prince Fumihito, was formally sworn in as first in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne in a traditional palace ritual Sunday that has been postponed for seven month and scaled down due to the coronavirus pandemic...
Japan’s new PM Yoshihide Suga, self-made and strong-willedSeptember 16, 2020 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Before he got Japan's top government job, Yoshihide Suga was known as a “shadow" prime minister and the right-hand man for his long-serving predecessor...
Japan marks 75th anniversary of war end with no Abe apologyAugust 15, 2020 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Saturday marked the 75th anniversary of its surrender in World War II, with Emperor Naruhito expressing “deep remorse” over his country’s wartime actions at a somber annual ceremony curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic...
Japan emperor’s 60th birthday overshadowed by virus fearsFebruary 23, 2020 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Naruhito, marking his 60th birthday, offered his sympathy to those affected by the new virus, as concerns over infections forced the traditional gathering of tens of thousands of well-wishers outside the royal palace to be canceled...
Japan’s emperor waves to crowds in 1st New Year’s greetingJanuary 2, 2020 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Naruhito waved to cheering, flag-waving crowds from a palace balcony Thursday in his first New Year's greeting since ascending to the throne.
Naruhito and his wife Masako were joined by his parents, the former Emperor Akihito and his wife Michiko, in the appearance at the Imperial Palace...
Pope denounces ‘evil’ of nukes as he fulfills Japan dreamNovember 23, 2019 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the “evil” of nuclear weapons on Saturday as he began a three-day visit to Japan and fulfilled a dream to be a missionary in a land with a rich but bloody Christian past...
Over 100,000 greet Japan’s emperor at enthronement paradeNovember 10, 2019 GMT
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako waved and smiled from an open car in a parade Sunday marking Naruhito's enthronement as more than 100,000 delighted well-wishers cheered, waved small flags and took photos from packed sidewalks...