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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 effort to “correct erroneous information.” Komuro released a document that explained the details of the…
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Emperor of Japan thankful for "perseverance and strength of the people"

Emperor Naruhito of Japan has said that he is thankful for the “perseverance and strength of the [Japanese] people” during the pandemic. He made the remarks on the occasion of his 61st birthday on 23 February. The Emperor also thanked the medical professionals for all of their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. He held a press conference last Friday in Tokyo ahead of his…
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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…
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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 recorded a record high of 1,700 COVID-19 cases. This annual event was scheduled for January 2 and usually draws tens…
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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…
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Crown Prince of Japan formally declared as heir to the throne

Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino has formally been declared as the first in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne in the traditional rituals in Tokyo on Sunday. The ceremonies had been delayed for seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Emperor Naruhito’s younger brother vowed to fufill his duties to Japan in the 15-minute Rikkoshi no Rei rite which consists of imperial succession…
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