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Imperial Couple in Okinawa

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko began a four-day visit to Okinawa on Saturday for a series of engagements, their first trip to the prefecture in eight years, the Imperial Household Agency said.After arriving in Naha, the Imperial Couple headed to Peace Memorial Park in Itoman, where they met with surviving members of the Shiraume student nurse corps mobilized for the 1945 Battle of Okinawa and laid flowers for the war dead. They will attend a national convention on marine resources in Itoman on Sunday, and will also release shellfish and coral larvae into the ocean.On Monday, the Emperor and Empress will visit the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, which opened in Onna in September, and on the following day they will travel to Kume Island to view the Okinawa Prefectural Deep Sea Water Research Center. They will return to Tokyo on Tuesday evening.

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Emperor Akihito and Empress receive New Year’s greetings at Imperial Palace

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Saturday received New Year’s greetings from other imperial family members and government leaders at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

Among the well-wishers were Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko, Prime Minister Naoto Kan, heads of the Diet’s two chambers and the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

"It is certainly a pleasure to celebrate the New Year together," Emperor Akihito told his guests. "At the beginning of the year, I pray for the development of the nation and the happiness of the people."

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko New Year’s Greetings

akihito Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on Friday received New Year’s greetings from other imperial family members and government leaders at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Among the well-wishers were Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, heads of the Diet’s two chambers and the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

Source: AP