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French President received by Emperor and Empress of Japan

Ahead of the G-20 Summit held in Osaka, Japan, French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron were received by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako at the Imperial Palace on 27 June. This was the first meeting between the two couples since Emperor Naruhito ascended the throne on 1 May. Emmanuel Macron is the second world leader to meet with the new emperor, after US President Donald…
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Marriage prospects unknown for Japan's Princess Mako

The marriage prospects of Japan’s Princess Mako of Akishino are unknown, her father, Crown Prince Fumihito revealed to the media on Saturday during a press conference ahead of his and his wife, Crown Princess Kiko’s official visit to Finland and Poland this next week. His Imperial Highness said that it is not known if his daughter’s marriage to commoner Kei Komuro will take…
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Empress Emerita Michiko told to take it easy after doctors diagnose heart valve abnormalities

The Imperial Household Agency announced on Monday that the Empress Emerita Michiko of Japan has been diagnosed with heart valve abnormalities. She underwent a heart exam on Saturday after a blood test from earlier this month showed a higher risk of heart failure. The former Empress, who is 84-years-old, retired from official duties alongside her husband Emperor Emeritus Akihito at the end of…
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Former Empress of Japan set to undergo heart exam

Empress Emerita Michiko of Japan, 84, is set to undergo a heart examination according to the Imperial Household Agency on Friday. The heart examination has been set up after Michiko’s blood test showed that she has a higher risk of heart failure. As a result, further…
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Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko send supportive message to widow of murdered diplomat

Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko of Japan have sent a sympathetic and supportive message to the widow of a Foreign Ministry diplomat killed on 28 May. The victim, Satoshi Oyama, 39, was stabbed in Kawasaki. The Imperial Household Agency announced on Thursday that the message from Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko was passed to the widow through the Vice…
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