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Imperial Visit to Ehime and Hiroshima

On 21st September, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited Ehime Prefecture and Hiroshima Prefecture to encourage the people affected by the localized torrential downpour in July.

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Imperial Visit to Affected Area

On 14th September, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited Okayama Prefecture to encourage the people affected by the localized torrential downpour in July.
Due to the localized torrential downpour, over 200 people lost their lives and it became the worst heavy rainfall disaster in Japan since 1982.

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President of Ecuador

On 5th September, HM Empero Akihito and HM Empress Michiko met with HE Mr Lenín Boltaire Moreno Garcés, President of the Republic of Ecuador and the First Lady at Imperial Residence.

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Imperial Summer Vacation

From 22nd August to 29th August, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited Nagano Prefecture and Gunma Prefecture for summer vacation.

On 25th August, Their Majesties visited the tennis court in Karuizawa Town where Their Majesties met for the first time 61 years ago.

On 27th August, Their Majesties attended the Concert of the 39th Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy & Festival.

At the academy, HM Empress Michiko enjoyed playing the piano with Ms Katerina Javurkova, the Chez Horn player.

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International Academy

On 20th August, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the 68th General Meeting of International Academy for Production Engineering took place in Tokyo.

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Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead

On 15th August, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead took place in Tokyo.
It became the last time for Their Majesties to attend the Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead.

Address by His Majesty the Emperor on the Occasion of the Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead (August 15, 2018)

Text from Imperial Household Agency

On this Day to Commemorate the War Dead and Pray for Peace, my thoughts are with the numerous people who lost their precious lives in the last war and their bereaved families, as I attend this Memorial Ceremony for the War Dead with a deep and renewed sense of sorrow.
Seventy-three years have already passed since the end of the war, and our country today enjoys peace and prosperity, thanks to the ceaseless effort made by the people of Japan, but when I look back on the sufferings and tribulations of the past, I cannot help but be overcome with deep emotion.
Looking back on the long period of past-war peace, reflecting on our past and bearing in mind the feelings of deep remorse, I earnestly hope that the ravages of war will never be repeated. Together with all of our people, I now pay my heartfelt tribute to all those who lost their lives in the war, both on the battlefields and elsewhere, and pray for world peace and for the continuing development of our country.

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Imperial Visit to Hokkaido

From 3rd August to 5th August, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited Hokkaido Prefecture.

On 4th August, Their Majesties visited Rishiri Island.

On 5th August, Their Majesties attended the ceremony to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Hokkaido being named took place in Sapporo City.

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Final Cocoon Harvest

On 12th July, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko harvested the cocoons of Japanese oak silkmoth inside Imperial Palace.
It is the last process of Imperial Sericulture this year. After the abdication of HM Emperor Akihito, HIH Crown Princess Masako will succeed the tradition of Imperial Sericulture.

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Zonta International

On 3rd July, HM Empress Michiko attended the closing reception of the 64th world convention of Zonta International took place in Kanagawa Prefecture.

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Asia-Pacific Ladies

On 29th June, HM Empress Michiko attended the ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Asia-Pacific Ladies Friendship Society took place in Tokyo.

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