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Japan to hold proclamation ceremonies for Crown Prince in November

Japan is set to hold its proclamation ceremonies for Crown Prince Fumihito on 8 November even as the country continues to battle COVID-19. There had been much debate on when the ceremonies would take place due to the pandemic, but the government decided they could take place in November after being postponed from April. The new Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, said last week…
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Yuriko, Princess Mikasa hospitalised with heart failure

Japan’s Yuriko, Princess Mikasa has been hospitalised following a heart failure diagnosis, the Imperial Household Agency has announced. Yuriko, Princess Mikasa is the oldest member of Japan’s Imperial Family and the great-aunt of Emperor Naruhito. The Imperial…
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Japanese Emperor and Empress mark 75th anniversary of surrender

Emperor Naruhito of Japan and his wife, Empress Masako, have marked the 75th anniversary of the country’s surrender in the Second World War. Emperor Naruhito is the grandson of Emperor Hirohito who reigned during the Second World War. The Emperor expressed a “deep remorse” over Japan’s wartime actions in a ceremony that was curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic. He…
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Pandemic impacts Princess Mako's wedding plans

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted Princess Mako of Japan’s wedding plans. The Princess announced her engagement to Kei Komuro in May 2017 with a wedding set for the following year; however, in 2018, the couple announced that they were postponing their wedding for…
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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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