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King and Queen of Sweden greeted by Emperor and Empress of Japan in official welcome to country

As their visit officially kicked off yesterday, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden were formally welcomed by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan at the Museum Intermediate Theater in Tokyo in the morning. They were then taken on a guided tour of the exhibition “The Art of Natural Science.” The Swedish Royal Court explained that the four royals were able to…
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Crown Princess of Japan’s judge father in The Hague retires

The father of Crown Princess Masako of Japan, Hisashi Owada, is retiring from his judgeship at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. In addition to Crown Princess Masako, he is also the father of twins Reiko and Setsuko by his wife, Yumiko Egashira. Hisashi Owada has been a member of the International Court of Justice in The Hague since 2003 and acted as its president between 2009…
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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 scheduled for 24 February of next year with the Emperor’s abdication coming a few month later on 30 April 2019 at the…
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Basic plan for Japanese Imperial succession to be compiled by March

A basic plan for Emperor Akihito’s abdication is to be compiled by March. The plan will have information on the ceremonies due to take place before his abdication as well as ceremonies related to the accession of Crown Prince Naruhito. Yoshihide Suga, the Chief Cabinet Secretary, is leading a group that is preparing the succession ceremonies. The committees made up of government officials…
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