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Old 03-05-2015, 03:11 AM
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In presence of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko the awards of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Ikushi Prize were handed out in Tokyo yesterday, March 4:



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Old 03-09-2015, 06:20 PM
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace today March 9, 2015:



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Old 03-11-2015, 01:59 PM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a memorial ceremony for the victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in Tokyo today, March 11, 2015.



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Old 03-14-2015, 01:26 PM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are on a three-day visit to Miyagi Prefecture from March 13 to 16.



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Old 03-19-2015, 04:44 AM
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Former US-President Bill Clinton met with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace on March 18:



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Old 03-20-2015, 04:40 AM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko received Michelle Obama at the Imperial Palace on March 19:


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Old 03-20-2015, 10:24 AM
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Mrs Obama looked very awkward. Cheap-looking silver shoes must be an American fashion trend. Mrs Abe is very feminine and perfect.
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I do not really understand why a very tall lady who is going to meet a couple of rather short persons in a highly press covered event, feels the need to appear taller by wearing high heels. I feel it almost a lack of respect. Same remark for Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, she appeared enormeous in front of the Japanese imperial couple. Flat ballerinas for both ladies would be lovely.
The only one who paid attention to these details and did not sacrifice to the beauties vanity god was Carla Bruni Sarkozy. Almost flat heeels to appear near her Presidential husband while visiting QEII.
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There are various reports calling the encounter awkward, but I'm not so sure. We don't get a clear view of Mrs Obama's face, just side and back shots (not a very flattering angle for anyone, particularly after a little stumble). One report even said the Emperor "smiled awkwardly", but all I see is the Emperor and Empress smiling in their usual friendly way. In another photo everyone looks relaxed and happy.

I don't think Mrs Obama, or any other lady, meeting the Emperor and Empress should worry about how tall they will appear. It's a long time since the photo of General Douglas MacArthur towering over the Showa Emperor shocked the people of Japan, so they are probably used to such sights by now. Besides, Mrs Obama's heels probably only added a few centimetres to her height, so there was no way to avoid the marked difference in stature between the Emperor and his guest.
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I'm not sure what the fuss is about here, as far as I can see on video footage, Michelle simply tripped or stumbled and wasn't attempting a curtsey at all. Considering the heights of the Emperor and Empress, wearing heels or not, most people would be taller than them.

One thing I would say was strange was Mrs Obama stepping out of the car backwards - not seen that before!
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I do not really understand why a very tall lady who is going to meet a couple of rather short persons in a highly press covered event, feels the need to appear taller by wearing high heels. I feel it almost a lack of respect. Same remark for Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, she appeared enormeous in front of the Japanese imperial couple. Flat ballerinas for both ladies would be lovely.
The only one who paid attention to these details and did not sacrifice to the beauties vanity god was Carla Bruni Sarkozy. Almost flat heeels to appear near her Presidential husband while visiting QEII.

Isn't she wearing kitten heels?
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https://ru-royalty.livejournal.com/2848290.html
http://tass.ru/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/1845512

The blogger replica38 cited ITAR TASS and informed us that Emperor Akihito is unwell. He is to said to have a common cold. He will temporarily stop carrying on duties. Empress Michiko will carry on her duties as usual.
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Today, April 8, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko departed for their first visit to the western Pacific island nation of Palau to remember those who died in World War II.

Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended the farewell ceremony at Tokyo International Airport.



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Here is a brief article on the visit and what will take place during the visit. A reception will also be held.

A few more articles on the visit

Japan emperor visits former colony Palau on WWII mission
Yahoo news Singapore

Japan emperor heads for World War Two battlefield as war memories haunt Asia
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Upon their arrival in Palau Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko were welcomed by Palau President Tommy Remengesau and his wife.

Here are some pics of day 1, April 8:


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** abc.net.au: Large crowds welcome Japan's emperor and empress to Palau during visit to mourn war dead **



Today, April 9, they visited the WWII cenotaph in Palau:


** japantimes: Emperor, Empress visit WWII cenotaph in Palau **
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived back at Tokyo International Airport on April 9:



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More pics and a video of the two-day visit can be found here:


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Emperor Akihitoand Empress Michiko visited the Musashino Imperial Graveyard in Hachioji, Tokyo, today April 16:



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Old 04-23-2015, 07:31 AM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the award ceremony of the Japan Prize in Tokyo today, April 23, 2015.



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Personally, these two I absolutely adore as royals. That couple really does make politics feel like it rests well at home when it comes to royals. I am glad they are looking well. Age suits grace well.
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