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Crown Princess of Japan says it's "important to accept daughter's feelings" on wedding

During an interview for her 54th birthday on 11 September, Japan’s Crown Princess, Kiko spoke about her elder daughter’s postponed wedding. The Crown Princess said that she wants to “respect as much as possible” the feelings of her daughter, Princess Mako, and her daughter’s fiance, Kei Komuro. The couple were due to wed in 2018 but postponed their wedding…
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Pandemic impacts Princess Mako's wedding plans

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Princess Mako of Japan’s wedding plans. The Princess announced her engagement to Kei Komuro in May 2017 with a wedding set for the following year; however, in 2018, the couple announced that they were postponing their wedding for…
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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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