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Japan marks anniversary of WWII's end

TOKYO, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- The Japanese government acknowledged the 64th anniversary of the end of World War II Saturday, apologizing for wartime atrocities in Asia.

Japanese royalty honor American war dead

HONOLULU, July 16 (UPI) -- Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko Wednesday laid a wreath and prayed silently at the graves of Americans soldiers.

Hawaii prepares for Japan emperor's visit

HONOLULU, July 12 (UPI) -- Hawaii was preparing Sunday for a visit by Japanese Emperor Akihito, his first trip to the U.S. state in 15 years, officials said.

Japan's emperor and empress visit Victoria

VICTORIA, British Columbia, July 11 (UPI) -- Emperor Akihito returned for a visit to Victoria, Canada, where he spent his first night away from Japan as a crown prince in 1953, officials said.

Emperor of Japan visits Toronto

TORONTO, July 9 (UPI) -- Emperor Akihito of Japan, accompanied by Empress Michiko on their Canadian tour Thursday, visited Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children.
Japanese royals are married 50 years

Japanese royals are married 50 years

TOKYO, March 12 (UPI) -- Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, marking their 50th wedding anniversary, have invited 101 couples also married for 50 years to a tea party.
Japan Emperor Akihito celebrates birthday

Japan Emperor Akihito celebrates birthday

TOKYO, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Japanese Emperor Akihito Tuesday greeted well-wishers gathered for his 75th birthday celebration at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

Tourist swims nude in Tokyo palace moat

TOKYO, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A British tourist in Tokyo has been arrested after he skinny-dipped in the moat of the city's Imperial Palace, Japanese officials said.

Japanese emperor extends condolences

KITAAKITA, Japan, June 15 (UPI) -- Japanese Emperor Akihito said Sunday he was saddened by the loss of life in an earthquake that shook northeastern Japan this weekend.
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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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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Emperor Akihito."
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