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Japan's Prince Hisahito graduates from elementary school

The 12-year-old only grandson of Emperor Akihito of Japan, Prince Hisahito, has graduated from elementary school. Prince Hisahito graduated from Tokyo’s Ochanomizu University affiliated elementary school, Ochanomizu University Elementary School, on Friday, 15 March. The Prince and his parents posed for the press outside his school on Friday with his diploma. His Imperial Highness was…
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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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New titles for the Japanese Emperor and Empress are revealed

The Imperial Household of Japan has announced what the new titles will be of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko following the Emperor’s abdication in April. On April 30th, His Imperial Majesty will be called Emperor Emeritus. His wife, Empress Michiko will become the Empress Emerita. The Taiirei Seiden no Gi abdication ceremony will take place at 5:00 pm on April 30th, an acknowledgement of…
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Princess Mako’s fiancé says financial problems solved

The fiancé of Japan’s Princess Mako of Akishino has said that the financial problems that plagued his family have been solved. These financial issues for Kei Komuro’s family were blamed for the postponement of his wedding to Princess Mako. Komuro’s financial situation had been the subject of rumours for months in 2018 including a claim that his mother owed her former…
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Japan's Yuriko, Princess Mikasa hospitalised

Japan’s Yuriko, Princess Mikasa has been hospitalised for influenza, the Imperial Household Agency announced yesterday. The 95-year-old was admitted to St. Luke’s International Hospital’s Chuo Ward in Tokyo with influenza type A and a fever of 37C. Her…
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Imperial Succession plan lined up by Japanese government

The committee within the Japanese government responsible for arranging the transfer of the Chrysanthemum Throne from Emperor Akihito to Crown Prince Naruhito. There will be three elements to the process, with the Emperor stepping down on the 30th April, handing over sacred…
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Thirtieth anniversary of father’s death commemorated by Emperor Akihito

Emperor Akihito of Japan has officially commemorated the anniversary of his father, Emperor Showa’s death which occurred thirty years ago this week. A specially planned ceremony was held in the former Emperor’s honour at his tomb in Tokyo. The current Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate on the 30th April this year, and it is believed that this ceremony is something he wished to do before his…
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