Sales of PG Wodehouse's Jeeves stories rocket in Japan after Empress reveals she plans to spend her retirement reading 'each and every one' of the books
Emperor Akihito plans to abdicate in favour of his son Naruhito in April 2019
His wife, Empress Michiko, has said she plans to read lots in her retirement
She said she will read PG Wodehouse's Jeeves stories which she is addicted to
Sales of PG Wodehouse's Jeeves stories are rocketing in Japan after the Empress revealed she planned to spend her retirement reading them.
Empress Michiko, whose husband Akihito plans to abdicate as Emperor next April, is a huge fan of the English author's tales of wealthy young Londoner Bertie Wooster and his ingenious valet Jeeves.
She was recently asked about her retirement plans and replied that she was looking forward to reading Wodehouse's 35 short stories and 11 novels about the pair.
Emperor Akihito plans to abdicate in favour of his son Naruhito in April 2019. His wife, Empress Michiko (pictured together), has said she plans to read lots in her retirement
A post by Japanese bookstore Isehara Shoten which was captioned: 'We have Her Majesty's beloved Jeeves series in stock!'
She said: 'There's been a book series I've sought to read for a long time, that I have left untouched for years. I am looking forward to taking the time to read each and every one.'
When asked why she had not yet got around to reading them before now, Empress Michiko replied: 'When I read them, I get completely hooked and can't do anything else, so up until now I've kept away from them.
'But after retirement I can easily keep them on hand. I've got two or three volumes standing by.