Japan

No empress for Japan despite a lack of heirs

Despite a shrinking Imperial Family and only three people in the line of succession, Japan has decided that it will not allow women to reign in their own right. The possibility of a female empress in Japan has popular support, but the more conservative members of the government do not want to change the status quo. Right now, Japan has three men in the line of succession, Crown Prince…
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Japan

Emperor Naruhito of Japan to open Olympic Games

Emperor Naruhito is set to open the Olympic Games in Tokyo at the Opening Ceremony on 23 July, according to various Japanese media reports. An official with knowledge of the situation spoke anonymously to the Japan Times, saying the Emperor is likely to attend the…
Japan

Emperor of Japan gets first jab as Tokyo declares new state of emergency ahead of Olympics

The Emperor of Japan, Naruhito, has received his first jab of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Akasaka Imperial Residence. The Imperial Household Agency broke with their stance to not share vaccination information on the Imperial Family, revealing Emperor Naruhito received his first shot on 6 July. However, they did not reveal if his wife, Empress Masako, also received a jab. A spokesman for the…
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Japan

Former Emperor and Empress of Japan among Imperial Family members to be vaccinated

Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko received Covid-19 vaccinations earlier this week. Aged 87 and 86 respectfully, they are two of six imperial family members who received the vaccine. Princess Nobuko, Princess Hisako and Prince Hitachi and his wife, Princess Hanako, also got their jabs. Seven Imperial Family members are eligible, but 97-year-old Princess Yuriko has yet to be…
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Bhutan

Grandchildren of monarchs: King Jigme Singye Wangchuck

With four wives and ten children, the King Father of Bhutan has several grandchildren – including the two sons of Bhutan’s current monarch, King Jigme Khesar Wangchuck. Let’s take a look at the King Father’s 14 grandchildren. The King Father’s most two well-known grandchildren are the sons of his successor and eldest son. Crown Prince Jigme Namgyel Photo…
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