A flight crew member attaches a Japanese national flag on the airplane for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko’s special flight to Palau before it’s take off at Haneda international airport in Tokyo
US president Barack Obama with Japan’s emperor Akihito and empress Michiko pass an honour guard during an arrival ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
Japanese well-wishers shout “banzai” to Japan’s Emperor Akihito during the royal family’s public appearance for new year celebrations at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday.
Well-wishers wave Japanese flags while celebrating Emperor Akihito’s 80th birthday during his public appearance at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Emperor Akihito still handles various events despite having heart surgery in 2012.