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The Emperor and Empress of Japan celebrate 60 years of marriage

Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, the last anniversary as the reigning couple of Japan, on Wednesday, 10 April. Together, they received addresses from members of the Imperial Family, including the soon-to-be Emperor Naruhito (current Crown Prince), and members of the government and the Imperial Household Agency. The…
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Crown Prince Naruhito’s memoir of time at Oxford reissued in English ahead of 1 May accession

As Crown Prince Naruhito prepares to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1st, his first autobiographical book has been republished in English. The book, “The Thames and I” covers the time the then Prince was studying at Merton College, Oxford; his studies were on the historical use of the River Thames for transport. The Crown Prince was the first member of the Japanese Imperial Family to…
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People from almost 200 countries to be invited to Japan for enthronement events

People from 195 different countries will be invited to Japan for the enthronement ceremonies taking place in the autumn. The Japanese government revealed their plans on Tuesday, 19 May saying that the autumn enthronement ceremonies, including banquets, for Crown Prince Naruhito as Emperor of Japan will feature citizens from up to 195 nations. A senior government representative remarked, “The…
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Emperor of Japan begins first rituals for abdication

Emperor Akihito of Japan, 85, has begun a series of rituals leading up to his abdication at the end of next month. The first of these ceremonies took place on Tuesday, 12 March at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo at the three imperial sanctuaries. The retiring Emperor wore an…
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Japanese public to be able to meet new emperor on May 4

The Imperial Household Agency of Japan announced Monday that the public would be able to meet their new emperor on 4 May. The new Emperor and Empress will greet the public on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on 4 May, three days after taking the throne. They will be joined by other members of the Imperial Family with the exception of the then Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita…
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