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Japanese government to accept Princess Mako's request on marriage money

The Japanese government is set to accept Princess Mako of Akishino’s desire to decline the lump sum of money she is entitled to upon her marriage to a commoner and renouncing her titles and place in the Imperial Family. Princess Mako, who will turn 30 next month, is set to marry her fiancé, Kei Komuro, and then relocate to the United States. She has made clear her desire to decline the…
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Emperor Naruhito and family to move palaces

Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are set to move palaces on Monday with their daughter, Princess Aiko. The Imperial Household has announced the family will begin moving into their new residence at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo at the beginning of the week. The family…
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Japan's Princess Mako set to wed this year

Japan’s Princess Mako is reportedly set to marry her fiancé, Kei Komuro, by the end of the year, according to Japanese media. Sources close to the couple have said the Princess and Komuro’s marriage will be registered by the end of 2021. They added that the…
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Emperor Naruhito expresses "deep remorse" for Japan's actions in World War Two

Emperor Naruhito of Japan has expressed “deep remorse” over the actions of the Japanese during World War Two. The Emperor made the remarks on the 76th anniversary of the Japanese surrender at an annual memorial service. His Imperial Majesty said: “Looking back on the long period of post-war peace, reflecting on our past and bearing in mind the feelings of deep remorse, I…
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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…
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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…
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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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Princess Mako's boyfriend graduates from law school in New York

The boyfriend of Japan’s Princess Mako has graduated from his law school in New York. Kei Komuro, who is engaged to Princess Mako, graduated from Fordham University’s School of Law and had his online graduation ceremony on Sunday. Komuro enrolled at the American school in 2018 after working as a paralegal in a Tokyo law firm. His attorney said that he plans to study and take…
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