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BREAKING: Emperor Akihito's abdication date officially set

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe confirmed to the Associated Press that His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito will abdicate on 30 April 2019 at the age of 85. Just last week it was reported in The Japan Times that the government had selected 30 April 2019 as the date for the abdication, with the accession to the throne by Crown Prince Naruhito to take place the following day, 1 May. A…
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Wedding date set for Japan's Princess Mako

The Imperial Household of Japan announced the date for the wedding of Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino to Kei Komuro on Wednesday. The pair will wed on 4 November 2018 at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Her Imperial Highness’s grandparents, the Emperor…
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Empress Michiko turns 83, relieved that Emperor Akihito can abdicate under special law

As Empress Michiko of Japan celebrated her 83rd birthday last Friday, she expressed her tremendous relief at the special law that will allow her husband, Emperor Akihito, to abdicate. Empress Michiko responded in writing to questions that journalists had asked before her birthday. “His Majesty, after having devoted Himself for so many years to pursuing the role of the Emperor as the symbol of…
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Princess Mako's engagement officially announced by Imperial Household

Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino’s engagement to Kei Komuro has been officially announced by the Imperial Household of Japan. As a result of her marriage, the Princess will lose her royal status and since Kei is a commoner. The pair appeared together on public broadcaster NHK to announce their pending nuptials. Her Imperial Highness works as a researcher at the University of…
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2019 abdication date gaining traction in Imperial Household Agency

Ever since His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Akihito, formally announced his intention to abdicate the Japanese throne in a rare televised address last year, the island nation of Japan has been somewhat abuzz with speculation as to what exactly such an occurrence would entail. With no abdication of a Japanese Emperor since Emperor Kokaku in 1817, and no provisions laid out in the 1947 Japanese…
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