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Japan enacts law allowing Emperor to abdicate

Japan’s National Diet, the country’s bicameral legislature, has passed a law to allow 83-year-old Emperor Akihito to abdicate. Japan’s Cabinet approved the bill at the end of May. His Imperial Majesty will be the first monarch in Japan to abdicate for nearly 200 years. The Imperial Household Act did not allow for abdication; this led to the Japanese government to create a new…
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Emperor Akihito one step closer to abdication

It has been nearly a year since Emperor Akihito appeared on Japanese national television — a rare and auspicious event at the best of times — to announce his wish to abdicate the throne and leave imperial duties to his younger and more able-bodied son, Crown…
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Princess Mako, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, to marry former classmate

Princess Mako of Akishino, the elder daughter of Fumihito, Prince Akishino and Kiko, Princess Akishino, is set to marry Kei Komuro, a former classmate of hers, public broadcaster NHK reported. They reportedly met at a restaurant in Tokyo’s Shibuya five years ago at a party. Kei Komuro currently lives in Yokohama and was a student at the International Christian University in Tokyo, which…
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Japan’s ruling party to support one-off legislation for Emperor’s abdication

It was announced this week that Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party have decided to support the creation of a one-time-use mechanism to legally allow 83-year-old Emperor Akihito to abdicate. The decision was made after a number of meetings to decide the matter and is controversial in that it directly contradicts the views of the main opposition party – the Democrats – who have argued for…
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Imperial couple introduce their poems at annual New Year ceremony

The traditional “Waka” poems, penned by the Imperial Family, and ten selected works from the public, were recited at the annual New Year event in the Matsunoma main hall in the Imperial Palace. The theme of this year’s poems was “no”, which translates as “field.” Emperor Akihito’s poem recalls the chirping of tree crickets near the Omei pavilion…
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