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First official visit abroad for Princess Kako of Japan

The Imperial Household Agency has announced this week that Her Imperial Highness Princess Kako of Akishino is set to pay her first official visit abroad in September. The Princess will be travelling to Austria and Hungary to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the institution of diplomatic relations between Japan and these two nations. Princess Kako will be hosted for audiences by both President…
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Japan shows high support for new Emperor and females on the throne

In a new Japanese study by Kyodo News, there is high support for Japan’s new ruler, Emperor Naruhito, as well as for females sitting on the throne. In a survey taken by Kyodo News, over 82 per cent of respondents feel affection for and support Emperor Naruhito. Likewise, close to 80 per cent support the idea of a female reigning one day in her own right. The opinion poll was done over two…
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Emperor Naruhito takes part in inheritance ceremony

Emperor Naruhito of Japan has taken part in the inheritance ceremony, Kenji to Shokei no Gi this morning in Japan. This was his first official event as the 126th Emperor of Japan, and it was aired live on Japanese television. The five-minute ceremony in the State Room of…
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Emperor Naruhito delivers first speech as Emperor of Japan

Emperor Naruhito has delivered his first speech as Emperor of Japan in the second ceremony “Sokuigo Choken no Gi” this morning in the State Room of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. This ceremony, which began at 11.10 am, saw Naruhito meet representatives of the people for the first time in his new role. There were 266 people in attendance including representatives from both chambers of…
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Emperor Akihito abdicates the Chrysanthemum Throne

Emperor Akihito, 85, has officially abdicated the Chrysanthemum Throne in a live ceremony “Taiirei Seiden no Gi” aired on Japanese television. The quick 10-minute ceremony took place at 5.00 pm local time in the State Room of the Imperial Palace where around 300…
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In Pictures: Emperor Akihito's reign

Emperor Akihito took the throne upon the death of his father, Emperor Shōwa, on 7 January 1989. Of course, Emperor Akihito’s reign comes to an end today with his abdication in favour of his elder son, Crown Prince Naruhito who will ascend the throne…
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Abdication rituals begin in Japan as Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate later today

Emperor Akihito has begun the abdication rituals today at the Shinto shrine. Today marks the final day of the Heisei imperial era. Tomorrow, Japan’s new era, Reiwa begins. The 85-year-old Emperor was dressed in traditional clothing as he entered the Shrine of Kashikodokoro to report his abdication. The traditional robes worn by the Emperor are similar to those worn back in 1990 when he…
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