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Name of the Japanese Emperor's new era delayed until next year

The Japanese Government are considering announcing the name of the new era in Japan next February or later, due to concerns about the process of succession following Emperor Akihito’s abdication. The announcement of the gengo era name, which will be used when the Crown Prince Naruhito succeeds to the Chrysanthemum Throne on the 1 May this year, will likely come after the ceremony marking…
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Who is Sayako Kuroda, the former Princess Nori of Japan?

Sayako Kuroda was born on 18 April 1969 as the first daughter and third child of the then Crown Prince Akihito and then Crown Princess Michiko. Her grandfather, Emperor Shōwa, named her Sayako and gave her the title of The Princess Nori. From birth, she was also entitled to the style of Imperial Highness. According to her mother, Sayako was born two weeks before expected and was a genuinely sweet…
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko take leisurely stroll to enjoy sakura by palace

The Emperor and Empress of Japan surprised early morning joggers as they enjoyed a walk along the outer moat of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. The Imperial couple took an announced walk to view the cherry trees at the end of their blooms. The couple walked from the Kitahanebashimon gate at the north of the palace and crossed a bridge to a walkway by a public road along the moat. Despite it being…
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New era in Japan to be announced in February 2019

Government services in Japan have said that the name of the new imperial era in the country will be announced in February 2019. The current era is the Heisei. The announcement will come after a celebration ceremony for Emperor Akihito’s abdication. The celebration is…
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Emperor Akihito’s April 2019 abdication ceremony to be state occasion

The abdication ceremony of Emperor Akihito in April 2019 will be a state occasion. The Japanese government made the announcement on Tuesday, 20 February. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga headed the panel which decided to also have a ceremony at the National Theater in Tokyo that celebrates 30 years of His Imperial Majesty’s reign on 24 February 2019, reported the Japan Times. This will…
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