Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko returned to Japan on Sunday after a 4-day trip to Britain to attend the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Imperial Household Agency said the emperor showed no ill-effects from his heart bypass surgery three months ago and completed his itinerary with no problems.
During their visit, the emperor and empress attended a luncheon hosted by the queen at Windsor Castle, a banquet hosted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace, they met Japanese residents in London, and visited the Kyoto Garden in London’s Holland Park.
The emperor also met British citizens who helped with relief efforts and fund-raising activities for the victims of last year's March 11 disaster in Japan.
The Imperial Household Agency said it plans to lighten the emperor's duties for the rest of the year. His next official duty will be a tree-planting ceremony in Yamanashi Prefecture on May 27, NHK reported.© Japan Today