Former Imperial Couple Pay Tribute to Kawasaki Stabbing Victim

Society

Tokyo, May 30 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko have paid tribute to a victim of a recent stabbing spree who had served as their interpreter.

They sent their condolences to the wife of Satoshi Oyama, a 39-year-old Foreign Ministry employee killed in the rampage in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, on Tuesday, the Imperial Household Agency said Thursday.

The former Imperial couple sent the message on Wednesday through the vice foreign minister.

While Emperor Emeritus Akihito was on the throne, Oyama, an expert on Myanmar, acted as interpreter for the couple on four occasions in 2013 and 2015, including an Imperial Palace tea ceremony attended by foreign leaders invited as guests and a farewell meeting with a then Myanmarese ambassador to Japan, according to the agency.

In the rampage, Oyama and an elementary school girl were killed by a knife-wielding man, and 17 other people, mostly children, suffered injuries.

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