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Old 03-10-2016, 02:29 AM
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Emperor Akihito and empress Michiko met today Sauli Niinistö, the President of the Republic of Finland, and his wife Jenni Haukio. President Niinistö is at an official visit in Japan.
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Old 03-11-2016, 03:33 AM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were pictured looking at Leonardo Da Vinci's "The Madonna of the Yarnwinder" at an exhibition at Edo-Tokyo Museum in Tokyo on March 10. The Da Vinci exhibition is being held to mark the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Italy.



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Old 03-12-2016, 03:54 AM
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Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe led a five-year commemoration service for victims of the massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami yesterday, March 11:


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** telegraph.co.uk: Victims of Japan's 2011 tsunami and earthquake remembered, in pictures **
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"On 13th March, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the Charity Concert supporting the reconstruction from Great East Japan Earthquake took place in Tokyo. After the concert, Their Majesties met with the students from Fukushima Prefecture who performed the songs."

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Old 03-15-2016, 03:26 PM
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“On 14th March, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko met with the recipients of the 44th Medical Care Contributions Awards at Imperial Palace.”
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“On 15th March, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko met with HE Mr Taur Matan Ruak, President of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the First Lady at Imperial Residence.”
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Old 03-16-2016, 09:51 AM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are currently visiting Fukushima and Miyagi Prefectures to inspect the reconstruction work carried out since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami devastated the area five years ago:



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Old 03-17-2016, 11:30 AM
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Here are some pics of the second day of the couple's visit, today, March 17:



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Old 03-18-2016, 01:26 PM
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Pics of the final day of the journey today, March 18:


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Old 03-28-2016, 05:00 PM
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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace met with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko today, March 28:



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Old 03-30-2016, 10:49 AM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko enjoyed a classical music concert conducted by Seiji Ozawa at Suntory Hall in Tokyo on March 29:



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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his wife Maryna Poroshenko were received by the Imperial couple in Tokyo yesterday, April 7, 2016.



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Old 04-08-2016, 09:13 PM
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Thanks for the update!

It is great that Emperor Akihito granted an audience to the President of Ukraine. On a different note, Mrs Poroshenko looked wonderful.
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Today, April 12, Emperor Akihito visited the Musashino Imperial Mausoleum in Tokyo to offer prayers to his late father Emperor Hirohito.



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Old 04-19-2016, 03:12 AM
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Empress Michiko also attended the visit to the Mausoleums of Emperor Showa and Empress Kojun. The couple visited Tamagawa Aqueduct later.

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On April 15th, the Emperor and Empress sent condolences to the governor of Kumamoto Prefecture which suffered an large earthquake the day before. A scheduled visit to Shizuoka Prefecture was canceled.

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Old 04-19-2016, 04:40 AM
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Thank you for the additional information, Prisma!


Today, April 19, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and his wife at the Imperial Palace:



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Old 04-21-2016, 02:19 AM
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On 20th April, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the 32nd Award Ceremony of Japan Prize took place at Tokyo International Forum.

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On 2nd May, HM Empress Michiko put the silkworm eggs on the branches of oak trees at the Cocoonery inside Imperial Palace. Her Majesty raises silkworms in order to obtain raw silk as the tradition.

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Old 05-02-2016, 08:13 PM
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i find it fascinating that the current empress continues the tradition of the silkworms like many other empresses before her...

i understand that at times she gifts these to foreign dignitaries visiting japan - has she given any to foreign royalty?
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Old 05-03-2016, 06:10 AM
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On April 27, the Emperor and Empress attended a charity concert.

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On April 30, Empress Michiko visited the "Yasuda Yukihiko: A Retrospective" exhibition at the National Museum of Modern Art.

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The Imperial Household Agency said Monday it will reduce the official duties of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, both in their 80s, to ease burden on them by cutting the number of their meetings with guests at the Imperial Palace.
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