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Old 06-15-2017, 12:10 AM
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On June 14th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko paid respects for the 5th anniversary of Prince Tomohito's death at Toshima Oka cemetery. Princesses Yuriko and Akiko also attended. Per custom, the Imperial couple sent a representive on the actual anniversary (June 6th) and visited later.

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On June 16th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko enjoyed tennis with friends at the Tokyo Lawn Tennis Club in Minato-ku, Tokyo. They also played against the Kamakura loan tennis club from Kanagawa Prefecture. After about 2 hours, the couple returned to the Imperial Palace.

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On June 18th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the site of the Empress’ Shōda family home in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo. Now a park called "Nemunoki-no-Niwa", the couple strolled around for about 10 minutes.

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Old 06-19-2017, 11:47 AM
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On June 19th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the 73rd Japan Art Academy award ceremony. There were 9 winners this year including a calligrapher, Kabuki actor, critic, and composer. Before the ceremony, the couple met with each winner and learned of their work.

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ETA: The winners were invited to tea at the Imperial Palace afterward which the Akishino couple also attended.
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:47 PM
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On June 21st, Emperor Akihito met with Guinean President Alpha Conde.

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Old 06-26-2017, 03:32 AM
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On June 23rd, Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, and CP Naruhito observed a moment of silence on Okinawa Memorial Day at the Imperial Palace. CP Naruhito arrived before noon to report his return from Denmark. They also watched the memorial ceremony on TV and had Okinawa cuisine for lunch. CP Masako observed a moment of silence at Togu Palace.

Sources: Jiji, news.tv-asahi.co.jp

Emperor Akihito also received credentials from Nepali Ambassador to Japan Pratibha Rana on Friday.

Source: Ambassador Rana presents credentials to Japanese Emperor Akihito

On June 24th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko enjoyed a cello concert by 22-year old Tatsuki Sasanuma, a recent graduate of Gakushuin University. They stayed for an hour, listening to 5 songs including Chopin's "Introduction and Polonaise Brilliante", and met the musicians after the concert.

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Old 06-30-2017, 02:11 AM
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On June 26th, Empress Michiko attended a charity concert to help childhood cancer according to Jiji.

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Afterward, she and Emperor Akihito travelled to Hayama Imperial Villa in Kanagawa Prefecture to rest until the 29th.
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On July 1st, Emperor Akihito attended an alumni association meeting at Gakushuin primary school. He graduated from primary school in 1946 and the alumni association was founded in 2014.

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Empress Michiko visited the Japanese Braille reading library in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Based on a grant from the Empress in 2005 and her continued support, the library develops braille music scores. She listened to flute, horn, and violin performances by visually impaired musicians.

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Old 07-07-2017, 06:54 PM
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On July 7th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko sent their sympathies to the governors of Kyushu island's prefectures. Heavy rain has killed several people and forced many to evacuate. [Mainichi]

Emperor Akihito visited manufacturer Zeon Kawasaki Factory in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture.

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On July 9th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the 100th anniversary of the National Welfare Committee in Koto Ward, Tokyo. About ten thousand people attended, including Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike; the event was organized by at the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. In 1917, a system of volunteers for the community's welfare was established in Okayama Prefecture as an advisory group. Currently, many members are part-time local civil servants who consult with seniors living alone or low income households and connect them to welfare services.

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On July 17th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the practice ship "Nihon Maru" and Yokohama Minato Museum. About 100 seafarers and volunteers released all 29 sails. Currently moored in the Minato Mirai district of Yokohama city, the ship was built in 1930 and used for training purposes for about 55 years. Over 10,000 people practiced on the ship which is expected to be designated an important cultural property.

The Imperial couple also visited NYK Maritime History Museum in Naka-ku, Yokohama and paid respects to a war memorial.

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ETA: Jiji also reported they spoke to 91 year old Tomomi Hara, the oldest volunteer and former Nippon Maru deck chief.
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Old 07-23-2017, 12:29 AM
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On July 21st, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko inspected the restored painting scroll "Kasuga Entrance", a section of the "Kasuga Gongen Genki E" collection at the Imperial Palace. The process took 12 years (2004 - 2016) and used Koishimaru silk provided by the Empress. The scroll features anecdotes of the gods gathered at Kasuga Taisha Shrine.

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko departed for the Nasu Imperial Villa yesterday, July 24, and visited a flower farm near the villa later that day:


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On July 29th, Empress Michiko attended the funeral of Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara.

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After Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet reshuffle, Emperor Akihito received new ministers on August 3rd.

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attends today at the memorial service for war victims in Tokyo

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Since former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa first mentioned "condolences" in 1993, past prime ministers had always referred to Japan’s aggression in Asia by citing “deep remorse” or offering “condolences” to the Asian countries.

However, for the fifth year in a row, Abe eschewed any mention.

After offering a minute of silence for the war dead at noon, Emperor Akihito in his speech expressed “deep remorse” as he did in the previous two years’ ceremonies.
Abe promises no more wars but lacks remorse in Aug. 15 speech?The Asahi Shimbun
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More pics of yesterday's commemoration can be found here:


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On August 21st, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the opening ceremony of the 24th Congress of the International Commission for Optics and reception at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Foreword | ICO-24 The 24th Congress of the International Commission for Optics

Imperial Couple attends optics congress | Nippon TV NEWS24 JAPAN

Emperor, Empress to visit remote isles, Kyushu disaster sites in October | The Japan Times
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The tight travel schedule has been arranged to reflect the Imperial couple’s strong desire to visit those areas ahead of the Emperor’s abdication that could take place as early as in December 2018, the sources said.

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The agency is now making arrangements for the Imperial couple’s visit on Oct. 27 to areas hard hit by heavy rain in early July in Fukuoka and Oita prefectures, as they were deeply concerned about the damage brought by the calamity, the sources said.

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko had already been scheduled to travel to Fukuoka for three days from Oct. 28 to attend an annual ceremony for maritime resource conservation, but they are now likely to leave Tokyo a day earlier to visit the disaster-affected areas.

During the trip, the couple expects to meet survivors recovering from the devastating storms, to express sympathy and to offer encouragement.

As for the envisioned trip to small islands in Kagoshima Prefecture, the agency is preparing with the prefectural government and local municipal offices to set the travel dates that would take them to Yaku Island and the Amami group of islands, according to the sources.

Among the Amami islets, Okinoerabu and Yoron are likely destination choices since neither the Emperor nor Empress have ever visited these islands. During the trip, which will be conducted in a private capacity, the Imperial couple may meet citizens affected by a volcano eruption on Kuchinoerabu Island in 2015, the sources said.

“It will be a trip to display the Emperor’s thoughts for people on islands, like those expressed in the message last year, before his abdication,” said a senior official of the agency.
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On 7th August, HM Emperor Akihito attended the Attestation Ceremony for new Vice Ministers of the Reshuffled Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took place at Imperial Palace.
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Here are some additional photos of their attendance at the International Commission for Optics Congress:


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