• Japan's royals gather for regal New Year's greeting

    2015 is already off to a busy start for Japan's royals. On Friday, the elegant family donned their finest attire for a New Year's Greeting ceremony at the Imperial Palace in which Emperor Akihito stood with his wife Empress Michiko and other members of their family. Emperor Akihito with his wife Empress Michiko During the public affair, the Emperor addressed the thousands below. On Thursday's greeting inside the palace, he also spoke about the lives lost in Japan over the last year due to natural disasters. He wished, "It is my sincere hope that the new year will bring happiness