Japan

Japanese panel set to discuss possibility of females reigning in own right

The Japanese government has plans to set up a panel by the end of 2019 to discuss how to stabilise the Imperial succession and how to address the shrinking numbers of Imperial family members; this will also include discussion on whether to allow female succession. However, it is unlikely that it will discuss changing the current order of succession. Under the current regulations, Emperor…
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Thailand

Thailand's Queen Mother back in hospital

Thailand’s Queen Mother, Sirkit, 86, is back in the hospital, this time with a respiratory infection. She was admitted on Sunday to the Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok after developing a persistent cough and fever. The Royal Household Bureau made the announcement on…
Japan

Princess Mako visits Bolivia

Princess Mako of Akishino – a niece of Emperor Naruhito of Japan – continued her first official overseas visit since her uncle’s accession with a visit to Bolivia. Embed from Getty Images Her visit to mark the 120th anniversary of the start of Japanese immigration to Bolivia began on Monday with a courtesy call on the Bolivian President, Evo Morales. “I wish the bilateral…
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Princess Mako visits Machu Picchu

Princess Mako of Akishino, a niece of Emperor Naruhito of Japan, has visited the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru as part of her six-day visit to the country. The official trip to Peru and Bolivia marks the 120th anniversary of the start of Japanese immigration to…
Thailand

King of Thailand approves new government

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, or Rama X, has approved a new civilian cabinet of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the Royal Gazette announced in Thailand on Wednesday. The March election was hotly contested as it was the first election in the country since the 2014 coup that placed General Prayuth Chan-ocha as Prime Minister. Chan-ocha was selected as Prime Minister after the election…
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Thailand

Princess Soamsawali named UNAids Goodwill Ambassador for HIV Prevention

Thailand’s Princess Soamsawali, 61, has been named a UNAids Goodwill Ambassador for HIV Prevention in Asia and the Pacific. An appointment ceremony was held at Bangkok’s King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital on Saturday, 22 June. Shannon Hader, UNAids Deputy Executive Director of Programme and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, said, “I would like to recognise all…
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