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Japan's Princess Aiko graduates from high school

Japan’s Princess Aiko has graduated from high school as the famous Japanese Cherry Blossoms bloomed. The only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended her graduation ceremony at Tokyo’s Gakushuin Girls’ Senior High School over the weekend. The 18-year-old wore a face mask and her school uniform on Sunday afternoon for the ceremony that had been scaled back due to…
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ICYMI: Princess Aiko to attend Gakushuin University

Lost in the news in Asia about the coronavirus was the announcement that Princess Aiko, the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, will attend Gakushuin University in Tokyo beginning in the spring. The 18-year-old Princess is due to study in the at the Department of Japanese Language and Literature, just like her father before her. Aiko has been attending Gakushuin schools since…
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Emperor Naruhito turns 60, his life in pictures

Emperor Naruhito of Japan, who ascended the throne on 1 May 2019 after the abdication of his father Emperor Emeritus Akihito the previous day, celebrates his 60th birthday today. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, public celebrations of his birthday were cancelled, but private celebrations with the Imperial Family and Japanese government will still take place. In celebration of his…
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Yuriko, Princess Mikasa to undergo cataract surgery

Yuriko, Princess Mikasa, an aunt of Emperor Emeritus Akihito of Japan and great-aunt of the current Emperor Naruhito, will undergo cataract surgery on her right eye today at St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo, according to the Imperial Household Agency. She…
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Emperor Emeritus Akihito recovering after collapsing and temporarily losing consciousness

Japan’s Emperor Emeritus Akihito, 86, is recovering after collapsing and temporarily losing consciousness on Wednesday at his Tokyo residence. Empress Emerita Michiko, 85, was near her husband when he collapsed and called a doctor for help by pressing the emergency alarm button. The doctor arrived and reportedly found the Emperor Emeritus unconscious and snoring. When he regained…
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