External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will be the minister-in-waiting for the imperial couple during their visit to New Delhi and Chennai.

Japan's Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Pic/AFP

The visit by the Japanese imperial couple is the first since the emperor ascended the throne. They had visited India 53 years ago in November-December 1960 for their honeymoon as the crown prince and princess of Japan.