Japan

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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Japanese Imperial Family reveals new photos

The Japanese Imperial Family has released three new photos to mark the new year. The images show the senior members of the family: Emperor Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, his wife Crown Princess Masako and their daughter Aiko, Princess Toshi, the Emperor’s second son Fumihito, Prince Akishino, his wife Kiko, Princess Akishino and their children Princess Mako…
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Emperor Akihito not to perform Ritual Ceremonies of the Imperial Palace after abdication

The Imperial Household Agency in Japan has announced that Emperor Akihito will not perform the Ritual Ceremonies of the Imperial Palace after his abdication 30 April 2019 at the age of 85. These ceremonies are held at the three different Imperial Palace Sanctuaries in Japan. The ritual ceremonies, of which approximately 20 are performed per year, are “religious rites to pray for the peace…
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Emperor of Japan plans for low-key abdication

On the 30th of April 2019, Crown Prince Naruhito will become the next Emperor of Japan. In an event that has not been seen for two centuries the current Emperor, Akihito, will formally relinquish his position on the Japanese throne and will retreat from public life into what…
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Emperor Hirohito's memoirs sell for $275,000

Emperor Hirohito is, to those within monarchist circles, is a controversial figure to say the least. While during WW2 the Empire of Japan committed many atrocities during its fighting against Nationalist Chinese and Allied forces, it was always very ambiguous just how much the Showa Emperor was aware or in control of these actions. Although absolved of all responsibility by the American Occupation…
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