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Prince Akishino to resume role as Honorary President of 2019 Rugby World Cup

Fumihito, Prince Akishino is to resume his role as the Honorary President of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, a source told The Mainichi on Saturday. According to the Japanese publication, the organising committee will discuss the topic tomorrow. It comes as no surprise as members of the Japanese Imperial Family have close ties to rugby. Many members of the family have been either the president or…
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Before they were royal: The life of Crown Princess Masako of Japan

She is set to become Japan’s next Empress in May 2019, but today we take a look at the life of Crown Princess Masako of Japan before she married Crown Prince Naruhito. Born Masako Owada on 9 December 1963 at theToranomon Hospital in Tokyo, Japan, she is the eldest daughter of Hisashi Owada andYumiko Egashira. Masako’s younger sisters are twinsReiko and Setsuko. Her…
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Emperor Akihito back to work following illness

Emperor Akihito of Japan resumed his official duties on Thursday, 5th July, after three days of treatment for insufficient blood supply to the brain according to a palace spokesperson. The 84-year-old had cancelled engagements from Monday 2nd July after the palace doctor diagnosed the Emperor with “symptoms of vertigo and nausea due to cerebral anemia, which require a complete rest and…
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Princess Ayako holds press conference with fiancé

Japan’s Princess Ayako, 27, held a press conference with her fiancé, Kei Moriya, 32, on Monday at the Imperial Household Agency just a few hours after her engagement had been formally announced by the Imperial Household Agency. In the press conference, the Princess…
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Princess Ayako of Takamado to marry businessman

Princess Ayako of Takamado, the youngest daughter of Princess Hisako and Emperor Akihito’s late cousinNorihito, Prince Takamado, will marry businessman Kei Moriya on 29 October 2018, the Imperial Household Agency announced today. The Princess and her future husband first met last December, according to the Imperial Household Agency. Kei Moriya is a 32-year-old graduate of Keio…
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