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Who is Japan's Aiko, Princess Toshi?

Aiko, Princess Toshi is the daughter and only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan. She was born on 1 December 2001 at the Imperial Household Agency Hospital in the Tokyo Imperial Palace. The Princess has two names, a personal one Aiko, and an official name, Toshi, and in a breach with tradition, these names were chosen by her parents and not the Emperor. The names are similar…
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The life of Empress Michiko

Michiko Shōda – the future Empress of Japan – was born on 20 October 1934 at the University of Tokyo Hospital. She was the daughter of Hidesaburō Shōda and Fumiko Soejima and was the second of four children. She received a solid education, a combination of…
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The next crown prince to the Japanese throne - Fumihito, Prince Akishino

As Emperor Akihito is to abdicate at the end of this month, we are taking a look at his younger son, Fumihito, Prince Akishino who will be Japan’s new crown prince. Fumihito was born on 30 November 1965 in Imperial Household Agency Hospital at Tokyo Imperial Palace as the second child and younger son of the then Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko. He has an older brother, Crown…
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Who is Empress Masako of Japan?

Born Masako Owada (orOwada Masako according to Asian naming customs where the family name is placed before the given name), she was born on 9 December 1963 in Tokyo’sToranomon Hospital toYumiko Egashira andHisashi Owada – the latter being…
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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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