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Basic plan for Japanese Imperial succession to be compiled by March

A basic plan for Emperor Akihito’s abdication is to be compiled by March. The plan will have information on the ceremonies due to take place before his abdication as well as ceremonies related to the accession of Crown Prince Naruhito. Yoshihide Suga, the Chief Cabinet Secretary, is leading a group that is preparing the succession ceremonies. The committees made up of government officials…
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Japanese Imperial Family reveals new photos

The Japanese Imperial Family has released three new photos to mark the new year. The images show the senior members of the family: Emperor Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, his wife Crown Princess Masako and their daughter Aiko, Princess Toshi…
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Emperor recalls visit to Vietnam and King of Thailand's funeral in poetry

Poetry and monarchy very often go hand in hand. Whether it is King Edward III offering patronage to Geoffrey Chaucer, or King David of Israel being said to have written a number of Psalms found in the Bible, there is a strong mutual history between the two. Japanese emperors, in their time, were also noteworthy poets forming part of a courtly culture very interested in high arts and literary…
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Emperor of Japan plans for low-key abdication

On the 30th of April 2019, Crown Prince Naruhito will become the next Emperor of Japan. In an event that has not been seen for two centuries the current Emperor, Akihito, will formally relinquish his position on the Japanese throne and will retreat from public life into what many consider to be a well-earned retirement. If any were expecting His Imperial Majesty to be sent off with big bangs and…
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Emperor Hirohito's memoirs sell for $275,000

Emperor Hirohito is, to those within monarchist circles, is a controversial figure to say the least. While during WW2 the Empire of Japan committed many atrocities during its fighting against Nationalist Chinese and Allied forces, it was always very ambiguous just how much…
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Wedding date set for Japan's Princess Mako

The Imperial Household of Japan announced the date for the wedding of Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino to Kei Komuro on Wednesday. The pair will wed on 4 November 2018 at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Her Imperial Highness’s grandparents, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, are expected to attend. As part of Japanese tradition, the couple will become fully engaged through…
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