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Old 01-28-2009, 10:44 AM
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Visit of President Georgi Parvanov accompanied by his wife Zorka Parvanova to Japan
The first couple is greeted by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:36 AM
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According to Reuters, the Emperor is cutting back on official duties. He's been more active than his father was at the same age.

Japan's emperor to cut back on official duties | World | Reuters
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Well, it will be better for his health to rest a little bit... don't you think? At least until he recovers his health.
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Old 02-17-2009, 05:54 AM
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is greeted by Empress Michiko for their tea party at the Imperial residence in Tokyo on February 17, 2009.
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lovely pictures, the two ladies look so comfortable with each other, like any two good friends meeting. did hillary ever meet HIM the empress?
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Well, it will be better for his health to rest a little bit... don't you think? At least until he recovers his health.
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Old 02-17-2009, 06:29 PM
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Those are very interesting pictures to see. They must have met before, because they greated each other like old friends. Or does The Empress great all Secretaries of State so enthusiastically?

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I think the Empress looks very beautiful in these pictures and I especially think the little flower corsage at her belt is a lovely touch.
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:44 AM
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Those are very interesting pictures to see. They must have met before, because they greated each other like old friends. Or does The Empress great all Secretaries of State so enthusiastically?
That certainly was a very enthusiastic greeting from the usually reserved Empress. It has been reported that they have known each other since the 1990s, when Hillary was first lady, and have remained in touch over the years.
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Empress gives Hillary warm welcome
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:51 AM
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An extraordinary gesture by HM,a sign of respect and cordiality between Japan and this specific US Administration,
and the two Ladies in particular..
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Old 02-18-2009, 02:07 PM
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Nice pictures of Hillary and the lovely empress .
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For all these marvellous pictures I thank you heartedly !
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Really nice welcome. Hillary looks little surprise but very happy.
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An extraordinary gesture by HM,a sign of respect and cordiality between Japan and this specific US Administration ... [snipped]
I agree with you. Emperor and Empress are not expected to show much feelings in public, but are expected to be friendly in a polite and formal way. Public displays of emotions are very rare. It is great that Empress Michiko was truly pleased to see Mrs. Clinton, who happens to be her acquaintance.
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An extraordinary gesture by HM,a sign of respect and cordiality between Japan and this specific US Administration,
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Excellent gesture on the part of the Empress Michiko to show the rest of the World.
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:57 AM
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Great pics !! Thanks a ot fr posting.. I guess the two ladies met each other when Bill BLintos was President of the U.S. and the Emperor and Empress made a long trip to the U.S. visiting 11 cities throughout the country...
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Just anothe piece of news.
Imperial Couple to visit Pearl Harbor | The Japan Times Online
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Old 03-02-2009, 11:34 AM
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I just read it !!

Very kind gesture of the Imperial Couple to make hommage to those fallen in Pearl Harbor attack.

Let's hope people in Japan -mainly nationalists- think so too, because everything the Imperial Family does regarding WWII has huge controversy in their country, because by one side part of the population approves it -progressists- while another part -natonalist- criticises it.
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Japanese emperor to visit Pearl Harbor for first time since war - Telegraph
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Emperor Akihito will be accompanied by Empress Michiko for the visit, which is designed to promote peace and reconciliation between the former enemies.
The Imperial Household Agency declined to confirm the dates of the visit, which will be the emperor’s first overseas trip since 2007. The emperor has been suffering from ill-health in recent months and was hospitalised late last year for treatment for internal bleeding.
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