Japan's Emperor Emeritus turns 88

NHK -- Dec 24
Japan's Emperor Emeritus turned 88 on Thursday. He is the country's longest-living monarch on record.

An event to celebrate the birthday of the former Emperor Akihito was held with a limited number of participants, with measures in place against the coronavirus.

Last year's celebratory event was canceled due to the pandemic.

Shortly before 11 a.m., Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako visited the temporary residence of the Emperor Emeritus and Empress Emerita in Tokyo's Minato Ward and offered congratulations.

About 90 people gathered in front of the residence. The Emperor and Empress opened their car window and greeted them with smile.

Crown Prince Akishino also visited the residence for the birthday celebration.

The Imperial Household Agency says the Emperor Emeritus has no major health problems and enjoys walking in the garden with the Empress Emerita.

上皇陛下が23日に88歳の米寿を迎えられました。確かな記録が確認できる歴代天皇では、米寿を迎えるのは初めてということです。 - ANNnewsCH