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Emperor Akihito cancels duties due to diagnosis of cerebral anaemia

Japanese Emperor Akihito has cancelled his public duties after he was diagnosed with dizziness and cerebral anaemia, the Imperial Household Agency announced today. Cerebral anaemia is a condition which causes insufficient blood flow to the brain. Earlier this morning, the Emperor felt sick and experienced hot flashes, prompting the Empress to contact a palace doctor. He has not been admitted to…
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Emperor and Empress of Japan meet survivors of Fukushima

In Japan, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have paid what will probably be their last visit to the Fukushima Prefecture before the Emperor’s abdication on health grounds. Whilst there, the Imperial Couple undertook engagements including national tree-planting festival in Minamisoma. The event is one of three festivals, which are attended by the couple and that rotate around the prefectures…
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Name of the Japanese Emperor's new era delayed until next year

The Japanese Government are considering announcing the name of the new era in Japan next February or later, due to concerns about the process of succession following Emperor Akihito’s abdication. The announcement of the gengo era name, which will be used when the Crown Prince Naruhito succeeds to the Chrysanthemum Throne on the 1 May this year, will likely come after the ceremony marking…
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Who is Sayako Kuroda, the former Princess Nori of Japan?

Sayako Kuroda was born on 18 April 1969 as the first daughter and third child of the then Crown Prince Akihito and then Crown Princess Michiko. Her grandfather, Emperor Shōwa, named her Sayako and gave her the title of The Princess Nori. From birth, she was also entitled to the style of Imperial Highness. According to her mother, Sayako was born two weeks before expected and was a genuinely…
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