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Controversy surrounding the succession to the Imperial Throne of Japan

The Japanese Monarchy is the oldest monarchy in the world, and that becomes very clear from the moment you come across the succession law that governs it. We are now in 2019, and women are still not allowed to succeed to the Chrysanthemum Throne which is unacceptable in the world today where the principles of gender equality are so desperately important. The succession to the Chrysanthemum Throne…
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Who is Crown Princess Masako of Japan?

Born Masako Owada (or Owada Masako according to Asian naming customs where the family name is placed before the given name), she was born on 9 December 1963 in Tokyo’s Toranomon Hospital to Yumiko Egashira and Hisashi Owada – the latter being a former…
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The Emperor and Empress of Japan celebrate 60 years of marriage

Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, the last anniversary as the reigning couple of Japan, on Wednesday, 10 April. Together, they received addresses from members of the Imperial Family, including the…
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Prince Hisahito enters junior high aiming "to lead a fulfilling student life"

Prince Hisahito of Akishino has begun his junior high education. The 12-year-old Prince attended the entrance ceremony on Monday alongside his parents, Fumihito, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko. The only grandson of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko is attending a junior high school affiliated with Ochanomizu University in Tokyo. Embed from Getty Images During the ceremony, His Imperial…
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Emperor of Japan continues with ceremonial rites ahead of abdication with visit to tomb of first emperor

Japan’s Emperor Akihito and his wife, Empress Michiko have paid a visit to the tomb of Japan’s supposed first emperor, Jimmu. This visit is part of 11 ceremonies and rites that take place ahead of the 85-year-old Emperor’s abdication at the end of next month. The visit took place on Tuesday when the imperial couple visited the Nara Prefecture’s mausoleum of the legendary…
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Japan's Prince Hisahito graduates from elementary school

The 12-year-old only grandson of Emperor Akihito of Japan, Prince Hisahito, has graduated from elementary school. Prince Hisahito graduated from Tokyo’s Ochanomizu University affiliated elementary school, Ochanomizu University Elementary School, on Friday, 15 March. Embed from Getty Images The Prince and his parents posed for the press outside his school on Friday with his diploma. His…
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