The Imperial Household Agency said Thursday that it is considering a request from Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to have their remains cremated after they die.
Traditionally, emperors have been interred in mausoleums and empresses in separate tombs nearby.
According to the agency, the emperor, 78, and the empress, 77, expressed a desire to be cremated like ordinary Japanese people and have their ashes interred in the same location. The agency said the imperial couple also wish to minimize the financial impact of their funerals on the public, NHK reported.
The mausoleum for Emperor Showa, who was buried at the Musashino Imperial Mausoleum in Hachioji in 1989, cost 2.6 billion yen. His wife was buried at a nearby spot in 2000.© Japan Today