Thailand

King of Thailand issues decree for new election, first since 2014

The King of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn (or Rama X) has issued a decree for a new election in the country – which would be its first since the May 2014 coup that overthrew Yingluck Shinawatra (Thailand’s first female Prime Minister). Thailand has been governed by a military junta since then, and elections have been delayed several times over the past five years. His Majesty’s…
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Japan

Japan's Yuriko, Princess Mikasa hospitalised

Japan’s Yuriko, Princess Mikasa has been hospitalised for influenza, the Imperial Household Agency announced yesterday. The 95-year-old was admitted to St. Luke’s International Hospital’s Chuo Ward in Tokyo with influenza type A and a fever of 37C. Her…
Japan

Imperial Succession plan lined up by Japanese government

The committee within the Japanese government responsible for arranging the transfer of the Chrysanthemum Throne from Emperor Akihito to Crown Prince Naruhito. There will be three elements to the process, with the Emperor stepping down on the 30th April, handing over sacred…
Japan

Thirtieth anniversary of father’s death commemorated by Emperor Akihito

Emperor Akihito of Japan has officially commemorated the anniversary of his father, Emperor Showa’s death which occurred thirty years ago this week. A specially planned ceremony was held in the former Emperor’s honour at his tomb in Tokyo. The current Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate on the 30th April this year, and it is believed that this ceremony is something he wished to do before his…
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Japan

Emperor of Japan delivers final New Year's address

Emperor Akihito of Japan has delivered his final New Year’s address from the Chrysanthemum Throne in Tokyo today. The Emperor is due to abdicate in favour of his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito on 30 May. Naruhito will ascend the throne the following day on 1 May. His Imperial Majesty said today, “I hope this year will be a good year for as many people as possible. “At the…
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Thailand

Thai King to finally be crowned in May

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, 66, will finally have his coronation ceremony in May of this year. The Royal Household Bureau made the announcement yesterday saying the coronation and celebration festivities would take place from 4 May through 6 May. His Majesty…
Japan

Emperor Akihito celebrates last birthday as Emperor of Japan

Japan’s Emperor Akihito has celebrated his last birthday as Emperor of Japan as he is due to abdicate in favour of his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito next year. His Imperial Majesty turns 85 today, and it was marked throughout Japan as it is a national holiday “The Emperor’s Birthday” in the country. His Imperial Majesty remarked at a press conference about this…
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