From 16th January to 17th January, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko visited Hyogo Prefecture to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake.
On 16th January, Their Majesties visited Hyogo Emergency Medical Center in Kobe City.
On 17th January, Their Majesties attended the ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake took place in Kobe City. Great Hanshin Earthquake occurred on 17th January 1995. Due to the earthquake, approximately 6,434 people lost their lives.