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Old 10-01-2016, 09:15 PM
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On October 1st, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended opening ceremony for the 71st National Sports Festival held at Kitakami.

Photos: Asahi
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Old 10-03-2016, 01:24 AM
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On October 2nd, the Imperial couple watched gymnastics and returned to Tokyo on a special train on the Shinkansen.
Photos: Asahi

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Old 10-07-2016, 12:10 AM
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Emperor's second research paper on Imperial Palace 'tanuki' published by museum | The Japan Times

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Brazilian President Michel Temer is planning to visit Japan in mid-October for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in what would be the first trip by the leader of the South American country in eight years, according to government sources.

Abe and Temer are expected to affirm cooperation for the success of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, drawing on the experience of Brazil hosting the Summer Games this year, as well as discuss how to boost economic cooperation, including the possible export of a nuclear plant, the sources said Tuesday.

Abe will likely push for expanded Japanese business operations in Brazil, which is home to the biggest overseas community of Japanese descendants and which hopes to attract foreign investment to spur its economy, which has been hit by a serious slump, the sources said.

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During his stay in Japan, Temer will meet with Emperor Akihito and Finance Minister Taro Aso, the sources said.
Brazil president to visit Japan in October | The Japan Times
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Old 10-12-2016, 03:24 AM
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More visitors for Emperor Akihito in October:
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Jordan’s King Abdullah and Brazilian President Michel Temer will all visit Japan later this month for talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

Duterte will make a three-day visit from Oct 25, his first since taking office in June, while King Abdullah will make a three-day visit to Japan from Oct 26 and Temer will visit Japan for three days from Oct 18, making the first trip to Japan by a Brazilian leader in eight years.

The three leaders will meet Emperor Akihito during their visits, according to the ministry.
Philippine president, Jordan king, Brazil president to visit Japan ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion
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Old 10-19-2016, 12:57 AM
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On October 12th, Empress Michiko attended the "Orfeo Japan" opera in Toshima, Tokyo as part of the 150th anniversary of Japan-Italy diplomatic relations.

Photos: Sankei 1, 2

ETA: On October 18th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a charity dinner for the 30th anniversary of "Save the Children Japan" at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Minato-ku, Tokyo. The evening also included a panel exhibition of the organization's activities and a cello concert.

Founded in 1919, the Save the Children organization is headquartered in the UK and Empress Michiko was instrumental in establishing the Japanese chapter in 1986.

Photo: JP Reuters

ETA2: On October 17th, Empress Michiko attended the 10th anniversary of Tokyo special performance of "Le Pont International Music Festival Ako Himeji 2016" at Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Minato-ku.

Source: news24.jp video and Nikkei
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Old 10-20-2016, 12:54 AM
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Empress Michiko's 82nd birthday photos, videos, and interview:

Sankei (full Japanese text and photo set)
Asahi (video is accessible but rest of article requires subscription/membership)

ETA: Press Conference on the occasion of Her Majesty's Birthday (Written Answers) (2016) - The Imperial Household Agency (English translation and birthday schedule)

In written statement to mark 82nd birthday, Empress Michiko reveals 'pain' of seeing abdication headlines | The Japan Times


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Old 10-21-2016, 11:06 PM
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On October 19th, Emperor Ahikito met with Brazilian President Michel Temer. [Sankei photo]

October 21st: Imperial couple meets IOC head - The Japan News
IOC President meets Japanese Emperor - Olympic News


ETA: The Imperial couple also met with Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and his wife.
Photos at Sankei Imperial Weekly #457


IHA announced the Imperial couple will travel privately to Aichi and Nagano Prefectures November 16-18th. They will tour Lake Iruka in Aichi, and visit Manchuria pioneer Peace Memorial Museum and Tenryu Gorge in Nagano.
Source: Yomiuri

ETA2: The Imperial couple also met with laureates of the Public Health Award on October 21st, see Getty Images
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Old 10-23-2016, 06:04 PM
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On October 23rd, the Imperial couple departed for a 4 day, 3 night visit to Kyoto to attend the "40th International College of Surgeons World General Assembly". Their first day includes a tea party celebrating Their Majesties hosted by the IHA of the Kansai region at the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Emperor Akihito thanked them for serving the Imperial family.

Photos: Sankei, Jiji (IHA tea party)
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Here's a small gallery of the visit:


** gettyimages: JPN: Emperor And Empress Visit Kyoto - Day 2 **
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Old 10-25-2016, 12:48 AM
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The Imperial couple visited the special exhibition on Sakamoto Ryōma at Kyoto National Museum before the opening of the 40th World Congress of the International College of Surgeons on October 24th. There was also a reception afterward.

Sakamoto Ryōma (1836–1867) was essential in bringing down the shogunate and paving the way for the Meiji restoration.
Special Exhibitions | Sakamoto Ryōma: Japan's Favorite Hero | Kyoto National Museum


ETA: On October 25th, the Imperial couple worshipped at Shimogamo Shrine in the morning and Kamigamo Shrine in the afternoon.

Photos: Asahi 1, Asahi 2
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Old 10-27-2016, 03:51 AM
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On October 26th, the Imperial couple visited Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine for its research in vision regeneration before returning to Tokyo.

Photos: Asahi 1, Asahi 2

The Emperor's conference with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on October 27th was cancelled following Prince Mikasa's death.
Source: Jiji
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Old 10-29-2016, 01:09 AM
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On October 28th, the Imperial couple had lunch with King Abdullah II of Jordan.

IHA revealed Empress Michiko's back pain increased from the evening of the 25th and she was treated by the court physician when the Imperial couple returned to Tokyo from Kyoto. If the pain continues, her public service schedule will be reviewed.

Source: Asahi
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Old 11-03-2016, 01:44 AM
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On November 3rd, Emperor Akihito awarded the Order of Cultural Merit to:
  • Yoshinori Osumi (71), Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology's Institute of Innovative Research and 2016 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine
  • Yayoi Kusama (87), Avant-garde artist
  • Mitsutoshi Nakano (80), Kyushu University Professor Emeritus in the early modern Japanese literature
  • Tomoko Ohta (83), National Institute of Genetics Professor Emeritus of population genetics
  • Yumie Hiraiwa (84), Writer
  • Toru Funamura (84), Composer
Info/photos: Sankei
Emperor bestows Order of Culture awards - News - NHK WORLD - English

ETA: fixed ANN video link

Later, the Imperial couple visited the "Revisiting Siebold’s Japan Museum" special exhibition at Edo-Tokyo Museum. The exhibition, sponsored by Asahi, commemorates the 150th death anniversary of German physician and naturalist Philipp Franz von Siebold who studied Japanese plants and introduced Western medicine to Japan.

Photo: Asahi
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Old 11-05-2016, 12:48 AM
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On November 4th, the Imperial couple met with Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's Foreign Minister and State Counsellor.

Photos: Asahi, Sankei
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Old 11-06-2016, 10:15 PM
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Meeting with the Emperor of Japan Akihito | Official site of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan


President Nazarbaev was awarded Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum
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Old 11-08-2016, 02:34 PM
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On November 8th, Emperor Akihito awarded orders/honors to ten people, including:
  • Satsuma Eda, former House of Councillors President
  • Hidenao Nakagawa, former Chief Cabinet Secretary
  • Nomaguchi Arimoto, Mitsubishi Electric President
Photos: Sankei, Mainichi

What order? Google translated as "Tung large cordon" (?)
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Old 11-11-2016, 03:30 AM
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On November 10th, the Imperial couple attended a piano concert by 80 year old Izumi Tateno in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Izumi Tateno performs with his left hand after a stroke in 2002 paralyzed the right side of his body. According to the IHA, Tateno is friends with the Imperial couple.
Photo: Yomiuri

ETA: Emperor Akihito met with Indian Prime Minister Modi on November 11th.
Photos: Aashi
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Old 11-15-2016, 02:40 AM
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On November 14th, the Imperial couple attended the performance "Requiem" at the National Noh Theater in Shibuya, Tokyo. Written by former Polish ambassador to Japan, Jadwiga Rodowicz-Czechowska, the performance’s subjects are the Auschwitz concentration camp and the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko received German President Joachim Gauck and his partner Daniela Schadt in Tokyo today, November 15. German President Gauck is on a five-day visit to Japan.



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Old 11-16-2016, 12:29 AM
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On November 16th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko departed for their private visits to Aichi and Nagano Prefectures. They will visit Lake Iruka in Inuyama, Aichi. Tomorrow, they will visit "Manchuria Pioneer Peace Memorial Museum" and Iida, Nagano.
Photos: Asahi

ETA: Sankei, Mainichi photos of the couple at Lake Iruka

Also, the Imperial couple visited Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery on November 11th.
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