Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The Empress and four other female members of the Imperial family attended an annual convention of the Japanese Red Cross Society in Tokyo on Wednesday.
This marked the last appearance of the Empress, honorary president at the Japanese Red Cross Society, at a convention of the organization, with the Emperor slated to abdicate on April 30 next year.
Crown Princess Masako and Princess Kiko, the wife of Prince Akishino, the younger son of the Emperor and Empress, also participated in Wednesday’s event, held at a hall in Meiji Jingu, a Shinto shrine in Shibuya Ward.
The other participants from the Imperial Family were Princess Nobuko, the wife of the late Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, and Princess Hisako, the wife of the late Prince Takamado. The princes were cousins of the Emperor.
The participating princesses are honorary vice presidents of the Japanese Red Cross Society.
The crown princess took part in a convention of the group for the first time in 15 years.
At the event, attended by about 1,900 people, mainly volunteer workers, the Empress presented awards to 13 individuals and representatives of organizations that made great contributions to the activities of the Japanese Red Cross Society.Speech