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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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Princess Mako of Japan's wedding still uncertain

The wedding between Japan’s Princess Mako of Akishino and Kei Komuro is still uncertain and a date for the pair to wed is not yet known. Komuro recently tried to explain the financial issue that has surrounded his family and caused the postponement of his wedding in an…
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Japan’s 14-year-old Prince Hisahito receives honourable mention in literature contest

Japan’s Prince Hisahito of Akishino received an honorable mention for his non-fiction writing submission to a children’s non-fiction literature contest. The 14-year-old’s work was chosen out of 357 contest entries from elementary and junior high school students. Prince Hisahito wrote about his trip to the Ogasawara Islands, also known as the Bonin Islands. He went to these Pacific Islands…
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Emperor Naruhito attends environmental conference

Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended the Global Environmental Action International Conference in Tokyo this week. The conference is held every two years, and this year focused on how to have environmental conservation while maintaining economic growth. The Emperor acknowledged the growing global need to focus on climate change. In addressing the conference, he said…
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No public new year celebration in Japan in 2021

Japan’s Imperial Family will be ringing in the new year privately this year. The Imperial Household has decided to cancel Emperor Naruhito’s New Year’s event at the palace, due to a rise in coronavirus cases.  The news of this latest cancellation came as Japan…
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Japan's Princess Aiko turns 19

Japan’s Princess Aiko is celebrating her 19th birthday today. She is the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako. To celebrate, the Imperial Household Agency released a video of the teenage royal in the gardens of the Akasaka Estate in Tokyo alongside her dog, Yuri. She is currently enrolled in online courses, due to the pandemic, at Gakushuin University in Tokyo. She did…
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