Japan emperor 'must visit shrine'
Japanese foreign minister Taro Aso has called for Emperor Akihito to visit a controversial war shrine - a move that could enrage China and South Korea............He believes Emperor Akihito should visit the Tokyo shrine because those who died in wars did so in honour of their emperor............. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/4658262.stm
Japan's Aso says emperor should visit Yasukuni
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso said on Saturday it would be appropriate for the emperor to visit the Yasukuni shrine, which is seen by critics as a symbol of past Japanese militarism, Kyodo news agency reported............ http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060128/3/2ev93.html
Emperor Akihito Is Unlikely to Visit Yasukuni Shrine
Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Emperor Akihito is unlikely to visit a shrine in Tokyo that includes war criminals among the dead that it commemorates, top government spokesman Shinzo Abe said, after Foreign Minister Taro Aso recommended that the emperor do so.
``Any imperial visit would take into account his position as a private individual as well as the societal situation and other considerations,'' Abe said at a regular press conference in Tokyo. ``The Imperial Household Agency has dealt with this carefully and will continue to do so.''.............. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...d=aQ1THfap_e3E
Japan plays down FM's call for emperor to visit war shrine
The Japanese government signalled that Emperor Akihito was unlikely to visit a war shrine, playing down a call by the foreign minister that risks inflaming tensions with other Asian countries.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said the Imperial Household Agency continued to "carefully" consider whether the emperor should visit the Yasukuni shrine, which honors Japanese war dead including top war criminals................. http://www.turkishpress.com/news.asp?id=105723
Japan's opposition leader raps FM for shrine visit suggestion
Japan's Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader criticized Foreign Minister Taro Aso on Sunday for his suggestion that the country's emperor should visit the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper reported Monday.............. http://english.people.com.cn/200601/...30_239388.html
Emperor visit to Yasukuni Shrine 'unacceptable': S. Korea
(Kyodo) _ A South Korean government official expressed dismay Monday at Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso's call for Emperor Akihito to visit the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Yonhap News Agency reported.
"It would be unacceptable for the head and the symbol of Japan to make visits to the Yasukuni Shrine which honors A-class war criminals," the official was quoted as saying on condition of anonymity.................. http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060130/kyodo/d8fev24g0.html
2nd LD: S. Korea voices 'deep regret' over Aso's Yasukuni remarks
South Korea's foreign ministry on Monday expressed "deep regret" over Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso's call for Japanese Emperor Akihito to visit the controversial Yasukuni Shrine and urged him to "immediately withdraw" that remark. "We urge the Japanese foreign minister to immediately withdraw the remark that shuns neighboring nations," the ministry said in a statement reported by Yonhap News Agency............... http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060130/kyodo/d8ff1c8g1.html
Seoul raps Japan foreign minister on shrine remark
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea criticised Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso on Monday for suggesting that Emperor Akihito should visit Tokyo's Yasukuni war shrine, which critics see as a symbol of Japan's past militarism.
"(Aso's comments) are an attempt to justify and embellish Japan's history of war of aggression and is very regrettable," the South Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "This government urges the person in charge of Japan's diplomacy to immediately withdraw comments that disregards relationships with neighbouring countries," it said....................... http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060130/3/2eych.html
Yasukuni comment was Aso's private view: Abe
Foreign Minister Taro Aso was expressing his personal opinion when he said Emperor Akihito should visit Yasukuni Shrine, Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said Monday in a bid to ease the diplomatic fallout.
The Imperial Household Agency has said the late Emperor Hirohito and Emperor Akihito have not visited Yasukuni Shrine since 1975, "considering various social situations" and other factors of the times, Abe said. Emperor Hirohito, posthumously known as Showa, visited Yasukuni Shrine, which honors 2.47 million war dead, eight times after World War II, making the last trip in fall 1975.................. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/...20060131a6.htm
Japan's Aso backs off call for emperor shrine visit
TOKYO: Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso backed away today from a remark that it would be appropriate for the emperor to visit a Tokyo war shrine, saying he was not calling for a visit at this time, Kyodo news agency reported.
Aso's comment at the weekend that Emperor Akihito, son of wartime emperor Hirohito, should visit Yasukuni Shrine sparked criticism from South Korea, which along with China considers the shrine to be a symbol of Japan's militaristic past......................''I have not called for the emperor to pay his respects at Yasukuni Shrine under current circumstances,'' Aso was quoted by Kyodo as telling reporters.................. http://www.newkerala.com/news.php?ac...lnews&id=97931
Japan FM backs down over shrine
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso has backtracked on his controversial call for the emperor to visit a war shrine despised by China and South Korea. Mr Aso said the visit was impossible "under the current situation", but he hoped it would happen in the future.................. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/4664534.stm
Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko (2nd L) observe Chinese and Japanese historical calligraphy pieces, as they are accompanied by Chinese ambassador to Japan Wang Yi (R) during their visit an exhibition named "The Finest of Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy" at the Tokyo National Museum in Tokyo, 01 February 2006. rime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has promised to submit a bill before parliament by June that would put four-year-old Princess Aiko in line to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne and then allow her first child to succeed her.
Photos with no watermarks Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko look at exhibits at an exhibition 'Twin Peaks: The Finest of Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy' at the National Museum in Tokyo Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006.
Related Article Japan's emperor visits Japan-China calligraphy exhibition
TOKYO, Feb. 1 (Xinhuanet) -- Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited an exhibition of Chinese and Japanese masterpieces of calligraphy Wednesday afternoon in Tokyo.
The exhibition "Twin peaks: the finest of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy" shows the history of Chinese calligraphy..................... http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20...nt_4127488.htm
71-year-old has been suffering dizzy spells since October
TOKYO - Japan’s Empress Michiko, suffering from dizzy spells, has cancelled her official duties for a week, a palace spokeswoman said on Sunday.
Michiko, 71, has had dizzy spells for unknown reasons since October, the spokeswoman for the Imperial Household Agency said.
“The Majesty the Empress plans to return to official duties after taking a sufficient rest for a week,” she said.
Empress Michiko cancels out-of-town trip after feeling dizzy
Empress Michiko will cancel an out-of-town trip next week because of occasional dizziness, the Imperial Household Agency said Sunday.
The Empress, 71, has been experiencing dizziness at times since late October.............. http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/nation...na014000c.html
Empress Michiko cancels visit to Hayama due to feeling faint
The Imperial Household Agency said Sunday that Empress Michiko has canceled a visit to an imperial villa in Hayama, Kanagawa Prefecture, after feeling faint.................... http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060205/kyodo/d8fis5o80.html
Mainichi news says that Empress Michiko is going to return in doing official duties this week after feeling unwell about a week ago and stayed at the Imperial Residence to rest. She and Emperor Akihito also cancelled their visit to the Hayama Imperial Villa which was scheduled last Monday.
Japan's empress resumes duties after dizzy spells
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Empress Michiko returned to her official duties on Monday after a one-week break due to dizzy spells, just days after news that a royal princess is pregnant revived hopes for a male heir.
Michiko, 71, had been suffering dizzy spells for unknown reasons since October when the decision was made last week to cancel her official duties...................... http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060213/...n_empress_dc_1
Photos from IHA of the Emperor and Empress performing various duties at the Imperial Palace.
#1-2: Jan. 18, 2006- Ceremony of the Presentation of Credentials
A newly appointed foreign ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary presents his/her credentials to His Majesty the Emperor. The Minister for Foreign Affairs or another Minister of State must be present.
A horse-drawn carriage or automobile owned by the Imperial Household may be provided to the Ambassador and his/her party for transportation to and from the Imperial Palace according to the Ambassador's wishes.
#1: Ambassador of Malawi
#2: Ambassador of France
#3-4: Jan. 23
#5: Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have an audience with medical service persons of merit, led by Kyoko Nishikawa, Deputy Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo February 13, 2006.
Emperor, empress visit Miyake for 1st time after volcanic eruption
(Kyodo) _ Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the Miyake Island on Tuesday to encourage islanders in their efforts to rebuild their communities following a series of major volcanic eruptions that began in 2000..................... http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060307/kyodo/d8g6gs481.html
Emperor, Empress pay visit to volcanic island
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko paid a brief visit Tuesday to a volcanic island just south of Tokyo that was evacuated after a major eruption six years ago..................... http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/nation...na015000c.html
from belgapic :
KYODO/MAXPPP - TOKYO, Japan 2006/03/07 - Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko wave just before they leave Tokyo's Koto Ward by helicopter for Miyake Island on March 7 to encourage the islanders in their efforts to rebuild their community following a series of major volcanic eruptions that began in 2000.