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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 23, 2013.
By United Press International
Japan: Lawmaker receives death threat after handing letter to emperor

Japan: Lawmaker receives death threat after handing letter to emperor

TOKYO, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Japanese lawmaker Taro Yamamoto, who has been criticized for handing a letter to the emperor, received an envelope with a bullet in it, authorities said.
Caroline Kennedy welcomed to Japan by thousands

Caroline Kennedy welcomed to Japan by thousands

Nov 19. (UPI) -- Newly minted ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy presented her credentials to the emperor following a traditional procession through the streets of Tokyo.
Gabrielle Levy
Caroline Kennedy, Japanese vice foreign minister meet

Caroline Kennedy, Japanese vice foreign minister meet

TOKYO, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- After arriving to assume her new post as U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy met with Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki, the ministry said.
Caroline Kennedy, daughter of JFK, arrives in Japan as new envoy

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of JFK, arrives in Japan as new envoy

NARITA, Japan, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, arrived at Narita airport Friday as the new U.S. ambassador to Japan.
Lawmaker banned from imperial events for giving emperor letter

Lawmaker banned from imperial events for giving emperor letter

TOKYO, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Japan's upper house Friday said Taro Yamamoto, the anti-nuclear lawmaker criticized for delivering a letter to Emperor Akihito, is banned from imperial events.

Japan marks disaster's 2nd anniversary

TOKYO, March 11 (UPI) -- Japan set aside time Monday to mark the second anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami, nuclear disasters that left more than 18,000 people dead or missing.
Japanese emperor offers encouragement to quake, tsunami victims

Japanese emperor offers encouragement to quake, tsunami victims

TOKYO, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Japanese Emperor Akihito offered encouragement Wednesday to people still working to rebuild their lives from the devastating 2011 tsunami and earthquake.
Emperor of Japan turns 79

Emperor of Japan turns 79

TOKYO, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Japan's Emperor Akihito marked his 79th birthday Sunday with a message of support for people still recovering from the deadly 2011 earthquake.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012.
By United Press International

Impact of leadership changes analyzed

TOKYO, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Leadership changes in both Japan and South Korea may offer opportunities to improve ties strained by history and territorial issues, experts and officials said.
Naoto Kan elected prime minister of Japan

Naoto Kan elected prime minister of Japan

TOKYO, June 4 (UPI) -- Naoto Kan, who had been deputy prime minister, was elected prime minister of Japan Friday, officials said.
Party works to select Hatoyama successor

Party works to select Hatoyama successor

TOKYO, June 3 (UPI) -- Japanese Finance Minister Naoto Kan emerged Thursday as the leading candidate to succeed Yukio Hatoyama as prime minister, political observers said.
Seoul regretful about Obama's short stop

Seoul regretful about Obama's short stop

SEOUL, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- In contrast to the tough summits he faced in China and Japan, U.S. President Barack Obama perhaps felt more at ease during his meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Thursday, reflecting bilateral relations that are on an upswing.
LEE JONG-HEON

Japan's Prince Hisahito marks birthday

TOKYO, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Japan's Prince Hisahito, son of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, turned 3 on Sunday, the Imperial Household Agency says.
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Emperor Akihito of Japan signs the visitors' book for Colonel John Graham (right), curator of the Canadian Peacekeeping Monument in Ottawa, at a wreath laying ceremony in recognition of peace between Canada and Japan on July 7, 2009. The Imperial Couple is visiting Canada to mark the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan. (UPI Photo/Grace Chiu)
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Akihito (明仁?, born 23 December 1933) is the current Emperor (天皇, tennō?) of Japan, and the 125th Emperor according to Japan's traditional order of succession. He acceded to the throne in 1989, and is the 19th most senior monarch or lifelong leader. He is the world's only reigning monarch whose title is customarily translated into English as "Emperor".

In Japan, the Emperor is never referred to by his given name, but rather is referred to as "His Imperial Majesty the Emperor" which may be shortened to "His Imperial Majesty" (陛下, heika?). In writing, the emperor is also referred to formally as "The Reigning Emperor" (今上天皇, kinjō tennō?). The Era of Akihito's reign bears the name "Heisei" (平成), and according to custom he will be renamed "Emperor Heisei" (平成天皇; see "posthumous name") after his death by order of the cabinet, in which the name of the next era under his successor will also be established.

Akihito is the eldest son and the fifth child of Emperor Showa and Empress Kōjun. Titled Prince Tsugu (継宮, Tsugu-no-miya?) as a child, he was raised and educated by his private tutors and then attended the elementary and secondary departments of the Peers' School (Gakushuin) from 1940 to 1952. Unlike his precedents in the Imperial Family, he did not receive a commission as an Army officer, at the request from his father, Hirohito.

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