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Possible date for Emperor's abdication revealed

According to a government source, the Japanese government has been considering the possibility of Crown Prince Naruhito acceding to the Chrysanthemum Throne ahead of schedule. During a rare televised address last August, Emperor Akihito of Japan first alluded to a possible desire to step down from service and pass the role of Emperor to his son, Crown Prince Naruhito. The wish was not expressed…
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Record crowds for Emperor Akihito's balcony greetings

A record number of 33,000 people came to see Emperor Akihito’s birthday balcony greetings on Friday. It might be one of the last times the Emperor will appear in public as he has spoken of his wish to abdicate. The previous record stood at 30,560 when the Emperor celebrated his twenty years on the Chrysanthemum throne in 2009. Over the past few years, the numbers dwindled down to about…
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Empress Michiko of Japan is ill

Her Imperial Majesty Empress Michiko of Japan is ill. This was announced in an official statement from the Imperial Household Agency yesterday, on Monday, 12 December. Empress Michiko, age 82, was diagnosed with acute bronchitis last Friday after suffering a slight fever and…
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Japan's Prince Akishino publicly addresses Emperor's abdication and future of Imperial Family

Japan’s Prince Akishino stepped out and chatted with the media on Wednesday on the occasion of his 51st birthday. Prince Akishino is the younger son of the current Emperor Akihito. The Prince said it was good that his father expressed wishes to abdicate back in August. His health isn’t as good as it could be. He said, “It was good that [the Emperor] was able to express in an…
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