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Emperor Akihito back to work following illness

Emperor Akihito of Japan resumed his official duties on Thursday, 5th July, after three days of treatment for insufficient blood supply to the brain according to a palace spokesperson. The 84-year-old had cancelled engagements from Monday 2nd July after the palace doctor diagnosed the Emperor with “symptoms of vertigo and nausea due to cerebral anemia, which require a complete rest and…
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Princess Ayako holds press conference with fiancé

Japan’s Princess Ayako, 27, held a press conference with her fiancé, Kei Moriya, 32, on Monday at the Imperial Household Agency just a few hours after her engagement had been formally announced by the Imperial Household Agency. In the press conference, the Princess…
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Princess Ayako of Takamado to marry businessman

Princess Ayako of Takamado, the youngest daughter of Princess Hisako and Emperor Akihito’s late cousin Norihito, Prince Takamado, will marry businessman Kei Moriya on 29 October 2018, the Imperial Household Agency announced today. The Princess and her future husband first met last December, according to the Imperial Household Agency. Kei Moriya is a 32-year-old graduate of Keio University…
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Emperor and Empress of Japan meet survivors of Fukushima

In Japan, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have paid what will probably be their last visit to the Fukushima Prefecture before the Emperor’s abdication on health grounds. Whilst there, the Imperial Couple undertook engagements including national tree-planting festival…
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Japan's Crown Prince Couple celebrate silver wedding anniversary

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan used his 25th wedding anniversary to reaffirm his commitment to his future role as ceremonial head of state, on Saturday. He publically pledged to uphold the country’s royal traditions upon taking the throne. The 58-year-old heir has vowed to “dedicate heart and soul” to the duties of the Emperor. Naruhito said he believes it is important to…
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Sweden's King and Queen continue Japanese trip alongside Crown Prince Couple

Day three is in the books for King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden on their trip to Japan. Their Majesties led separate programmes for the morning before reuniting for events in the afternoon and evening. Yesterday morning, the King attended a business forum while Queen Silvia participated in a conference, organised by Swedish Care International, on dementia where she spoke to those…
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