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Japanese pundits call for Imperial Household to use social media to promote activities

Japanese pundits have called on the Imperial Household to use social media, like their European and Middle Eastern counterparts, to promote their activities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have struggled with their roles this year as many events and trips were forced to be cancelled or postponed – including a state visit to the United Kingdom. The…
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Empress Masako concludes 2020 silk farming

Empress Masako of Japan has concluded this year’s silk farming. The Empress took part in the tradition for the first time this year – since becoming Empress of Japan last year when her husband, Emperor Naruhito succeeded his father, Akihito, who abdicated in his…
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Emperor Emeritus Akihito visits Imperial Palace for first time since March for research

Emperor Emeritus Akihito visited the Imperial Palace in Tokyo for the first time since March on Thursday for research purposes. Akihito spent about an hour and a half in a biology research institute inside the palace where he has long conducted research regarding goby fish. He arrived and left the palace in a surgical mask as Japan still takes precautions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Who is Princess Tomohito of Mikasa?

Born on 9 April 1955, Nobuko Asō was the third daughter and youngest child of Takakichi Asō and Kazuko Yoshida. Her father was the chairman of the Aso Company and former member of the House of Representatives while her mother was the daughter of former Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida. Nobuko’s well-connected family was Roman Catholic, and she graduated from the Sacred Heart School in…
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