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A look back at the Japanese royal year

As 2019 comes to a close, we taking a look back at the Japanese royal year that was dominated by the abdication of Emperor Akihito and enthronement of their new emperor, Naruhito. January: Emperor Akihito delivers final New Year’s address Princess Mako’s fiancé says financial problems solved February: New titles for the Japanese Emperor and Empress are revealed for after…
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Empress Emerita Michiko in poor health

The Imperial Household has announced that Empress Emerita Michiko of Japan has been in poor health since September. According to the statement, she has been vomiting multiple times a day and has been losing weight. They say that stress is most likely a factor. The former Empress of Japan underwent breast cancer surgery in September. She will not undergo radiation therapy because it is…
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The Japanese Imperial family may be expanded by law

The Japanese Imperial family may be expanded and this by a new law, not by newborn royals or marriage. This was first reported by “The Japan Times” following a new proposal by the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan. They propose to let some ex-imperial family members back into the family. A conservative group within the Liberal Democratic Party has submitted a proposal to Prime…
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Emperor Naruhito spends the night with sun goddess as final part of enthronement ritual

On Thursday night, Emperor Naruhito took part in the final accession ritual after ascending the throne on 1 May, the day after his father, Emperor Akihito (the now Emperor Emeritus) abdicated. The Emperor took part in a ritual feast with the sun goddess, Shinto deity Amaterasu, in the Imperial Palace’s Daijokyu Halls; the ritual is called the “Daijosai” or “rite of…
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