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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 condition is not serious, but she expected to remain in the hospital for around a week. Her Imperial Highness received the flu…
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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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Record number of people turn out to hear Emperor of Japan’s last New Year message before abdicating

Continuing the tradition which began on 1 January 1948, Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress opened the gates of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo this week to receive New Year greetings from the people of Japan. This year’s crowd was record-breaking with 154,800 citizens turning out to see Emperor Akihito and his family for his last New Year Greeting before his abdication. 2018 previously held…
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Emperor of Japan delivers final New Year's address

Emperor Akihito of Japan has delivered his final New Year’s address from the Chrysanthemum Throne in Tokyo today. The Emperor is due to abdicate in favour of his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito on 30 May. Naruhito will ascend the throne the following day on 1…
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Japanese government plans to announce name of new era ahead of Crown Prince's ascension

The Japanese government is keeping with their plans to announce the name of the new era before Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne on 1 May 2019. This is despite the politicians on the right who want to wait to make the announcement until after Emperor Akihito’s abdication as they believe announcing it sooner would be disrespectful. According to the Japan Times, the…
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Crown Prince and Princess of Japan attend tree festival ceremony

Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan were in the suburban city of Chofu, western Tokyo, this past weekend to attend the 42nd “Zenkoku Ikujusai” national tree festival awards ceremony at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza. The national tree festival event promotes the conservation and protection of Japan’s forests and has been a constant in…
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