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Police officer guarding Japan's Prince Hitachi diagnosed with COVID-19

A police officer who guards Japan’s 84-year-old Masahito, Prince Hitachi has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The Imperial Household Agency made the announcement over the weekend saying that the officer and his family tested positive on 6 July. The officer underwent a second coronavirus test last Thursday, and it also came back positive. The Imperial Household has said the officer is not…
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Empress Masako concludes 2020 silk farming

Empress Masako of Japan has concluded this year’s silk farming. The Empress took part in the tradition for the first time this year – since becoming Empress of Japan last year when her husband, Emperor Naruhito succeeded his father, Akihito, who abdicated in his…
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Royal Wedding Rewind: Crown Prince Naruhito and Masako Owada

We are taking a look back at the wedding of the Emperor and Empress of Japan: Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan’s engagement to diplomat Masako Owada was announced on 19 January 1993. The pair had become engaged on Masako’s 29 birthday, 9 December 1992; Masako finally accepted Naruhito’s proposal on his third attempt as she had turned him down twice before because she did not…
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Majority of the public feels positive about Emperor Naruhito

A survey held by Kyodo News revealed that 75 per cent of the respondents feel positive about Emperor Naruhito of Japan, who succeeded his father on 1 May last year. Over 2,000 people responded to the survey. Fifty-eight per cent said they felt an affinity for the Emperor, with another 17 per cent describing him as “wonderful.” The survey also showed that 85 per cent would accept a…
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Who is Princess Tomohito of Mikasa?

Born on 9 April 1955, Nobuko Asō was the third daughter and youngest child of Takakichi Asō and Kazuko Yoshida. Her father was the chairman of the Aso Company and former member of the House of Representatives while her mother was the daughter of former Prime…
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Japan's Princess Aiko graduates from high school

Japan’s Princess Aiko has graduated from high school as the famous Japanese Cherry Blossoms bloomed. The only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako attended her graduation ceremony at Tokyo’s Gakushuin Girls’ Senior High School over the weekend. The 18-year-old wore a face mask and her school uniform on Sunday afternoon for the ceremony that had been scaled back due to…
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