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Japan crown prince vows close public ties as Akihito abdication looms

Feb 22, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will abdicate on April 30 from the Chrysanthemum Throne after a three-decade reign, making way for Naruhito and Masako to replace them the following day

FATHER AND SON. Japan's Emperor Akihito (R) and Crown Prince Naruhito (L) wave to the crowd during the New Year's greeting ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on January 2, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, October 30-November 5, 2017

Nov 05, 2017 - 12:18 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The week in photos: October 28-November 3, 2017

Nov 04, 2017 - 8:44 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Rohingya refugee childrens walk at Moynerghona refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on October 29, 2017.Bangladesh is planning to introduce voluntary sterilisation in its overcrowded Rohingya camps, where nearly a million refugees are fighting for space, after efforts to encourage birth control failed. More than 600,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar in August triggered an exodus, straining resources in the impoverished country. / AFP PHOTO / Tauseef MUSTAFA

Duterte awed by simplicity of Japan Emperor and Empress

Nov 01, 2017 - 11:15 AM

The Philippine leader says the royal couple's unassuming comportment is truly 'befitting the title of Majesty'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is welcomed by Japan Emperor Akihito to the Tokyo Imperial Palace for a meeting on October 31, 2017. Also in the photo is the President's partner Honeylet. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

LOOK: Duterte, Honeylet meet Emperor and Empress of Japan

Oct 31, 2017 - 9:22 PM

Their meeting with the royal couple is the Philippine president's last official activity in his two-day visit to Japan

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Japan Emperor Akihito exchange pleasantries as well as the President's partner Honeylet and the Emperor's wife Empress Michiko during their meeting at the Tokyo Imperial Palace on October 31, 2017. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Japan marks 5th anniversary of quake, tsunami disaster with moment of silence

Mar 11, 2016 - 1:15 PM

UPDATED I hope people will remember us that lives of evacuees are still difficult in many ways including financially Kazuko Nihei 39 says at a memorial event in a Tokyo park

AFTER 5 YEARS. Visitors offer a prayer for victims, at the former Disaster Prevention Center in Minamisanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, March 10, 2016. 43 people were killed when a 15.5-meter high wave hit the town. Japan will mark the fifth anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami on March 11. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Emperor Diaries: Little-known facts about Akihito’s PH visit

Jan 31, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Here s a wrap of the 5 day visit of Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to the Philippines – with details that didn t make it to the news

STATE DINNER. President Benigno Aquino III and his sister Aurora Corazon Aquino Abellada, welcome Their Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan at the Malacañan Palace for the state dinner on January 27, 2016. Photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

'Deeper' PH-Japan ties as Japanese emperor, empress end visit

Jan 30, 2016 - 12:13 PM

Malacañang describes Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko as models of humility who brought the two countries even closer during their 5 day visit

IMPERIAL COUPLE. Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko conduct a state visit to the Philippines from January 26-30, 2016. File photo by Joseph Vidal/Malacanang Photo Bureau

1st Japanese volunteer in PH recalls farmer's life in Benguet

Jan 29, 2016 - 7:32 PM

Emperor Akihito s meeting with Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers in Manila brings to Hidekazu Kumano fond memories of his volunteer work after WWII

AGRICULTURE WORK. Half a century later, Hidekazu Kumano has kept his ties with the families of local farmers he worked with in Benguet as Japanese volunteer after the war. Photo courtesy of JICA

IN PHOTOS: Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko meet with Japanese in PH

Jan 28, 2016 - 11:36 PM

The Imperial couple spent their 3rd day in the Philippines meeting some Japanese residents and organizations in Manila

Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko meet the representatives of the Philippine Federation of Japan Alumni (PHILFEJA), Thursday, January 28, 2016, at the ancient San Diego Garden, located along the walls of Intramuros in Manila.(Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Emperor Akihito: Japan 'must never forget' Filipino deaths of WWII

Jan 27, 2016 - 10:30 PM

This is something we Japanese must never forget and we intend to keep this engraved in our hearts throughout our visit the emperor says in his speech

Photo by RTVM

Japan's Akihito visits Philippine WWII cemetery

Jan 27, 2016 - 8:54 PM

Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko are in the Philippines to celebrate 60 years of diplomatic ties while also honoring those who died during Japan s brutal occupation of the Philippines

PAYING RESPECTS. Japan’s Emperor Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko also lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City, Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau.

Aquino welcomes Japanese emperor, empress in Malacañang

Jan 27, 2016 - 11:53 AM

This is the second meeting of the two heads of state after President Benigno Aquino III visited Japan in June 2015

Photo by RTVM

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Jan 26, 2016 - 6:42 PM

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Japan's imperial couple arrives in PH for state visit

Jan 26, 2016 - 3:18 PM

UPDATED The state visit of Japan s Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko marks the 60th anniversary of the 2 countries diplomatic ties

ROYAL COUPLE. Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko board a special aircraft to fly to the Philippines, at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan, January 26, 2016. Franck Robichon/EPA

NAIA runways closed on January 26, 30 for Japan emperor state visit

Jan 25, 2016 - 2:02 PM

UPDATED Cebu Pacific and Cebgo have cancelled flights during the scheduled runway closures and offer guests free rebooking or refund

Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Japan's Akihito heads to the Philippines

Jan 24, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The trip is the Japanese emperor s latest pacifist pilgrimage which appears increasingly at odds with the government s rightward drift

In this file photo, Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko wave to well-wishers as they celebrate the Emperor's 82nd birthday, from the balcony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, December 23, 2015. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

PH visit of Japanese emperor, empress set for January

Dec 04, 2015 - 10:28 PM

The state visit of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will happen on the 60th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries

JAPANESE ROYALTY. Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko (R) wave from the balcony of the Imperial Palace during their annual new year greeting in Tokyo on January 2, 2015. File Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Japanese Emperor, Empress to visit PH early 2016 – Palace

Oct 13, 2015 - 11:55 AM

It will be the first time for a reigning Japanese Emperor to visit the Philippines says Malacañang

JAPANESE ROYALTY. Japan's Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko (R) wave from the balcony of the Imperial Palace during their annual new year greeting in Tokyo on January 2, 2015. Tens of thousands came out to hear the emperor's annual speech and see the royal family at the Imperial Palace. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Kate-less Prince William kicks off Japan tour – with tea

Feb 26, 2015 - 11:02 PM

The second in line to the British throne is assured of a warm welcome all over Japan where people adore the British Royal family

YOKOSO! Britain's Prince William (2-L), Duke of Cambridge, escorted by Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe (L), is greeted by local school students upon his arrival at Hamarikyu Garden in Tokyo, Japan, 26 February 2015. Franck Robichon/Pool/EPA

Japanese Emperor Akihito turns 80

Dec 23, 2013 - 5:34 PM

Emperor Akihito lauds his wife for standing by him in his lonely pursuit of leading the world s oldest monarchy

ROYAL WAVE. Japanese Emperor Akihito waves to thousands of well-wishers through a bullet-proof glass on the the day of his 80th birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, 23 December 2013. EPA/Franck Robichon

Japan's Emperor Akihito turns 79, says back to health

Dec 23, 2012 - 4:03 PM

During his birthday address Akihito said his thoughts were with those who have be unable to return to their homes since the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit northern Japan in March 2011

LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR. Japanese Emperor Akihito (L) and Empress Michiko (R) greet well-wishers as he celebrates his 79th birthday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on December 23, 2012. Japanese Emperor Akihito turned 79 on December 23. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA