Japanese emperor Akihito celebrates grandson’s birth

Japanese Emperor Akihito celebrated the September birth of his grandson, the imperial family's first male heir in four decades, in a New Year's poem issued to the public on Monday. Prince Hisahito's Sept. 6, 2006, birth to Princess Kiko, the wife of the emperor's second son Akishino, was hailed by royalists for defusing a looming … Continue reading Japanese emperor Akihito celebrates grandson’s birth