Japan

Princess Ayako holds press conference with fiancé

Japan’s Princess Ayako, 27, held a press conference with her fiancé, Kei Moriya, 32, on Monday at the Imperial Household Agency just a few hours after her engagement had been formally announced by the Imperial Household Agency. In the press conference, the Princess, who is the daughter of Emperor Akihito’s late first cousin, told the media that she had met Kei last December after an…
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Japan

Japan’s Princess Kako returns home after nine month study in UK

Japan’s Princess Kako of Akishino has returned home after a nine-month stay in the United Kingdom where she studied at the University of Leeds. She flew into Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and arrived on Friday afternoon where she was greeted by Imperial Household Staff. Through the Imperial Household Agency, Her Imperial Highness said, “I had an enjoyable and fruitful nine months in…
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Thailand

Thai king takes control of $30bn assets

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been granted full, personal ownership of royal assets thought to be worth at least $30bn (£22bn) due to a recent change in the law. Until last year’s law change granting King Maha Vajiralongkorn ownership of royal assets, the…
Japan

Emperor and Empress of Japan meet survivors of Fukushima

In Japan, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have paid what will probably be their last visit to the Fukushima Prefecture before the Emperor’s abdication on health grounds. Whilst there, the Imperial Couple undertook engagements including national tree-planting festival…
Japan

Japan's Crown Prince Couple celebrate silver wedding anniversary

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan used his 25th wedding anniversary to reaffirm his commitment to his future role as ceremonial head of state, on Saturday. He publically pledged to uphold the country’s royal traditions upon taking the throne. The 58-year-old heir has vowed to “dedicate heart and soul” to the duties of the Emperor. Naruhito said he believes it is important to…
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JapanSweden

Sweden's King and Queen continue Japanese trip alongside Crown Prince Couple

Day three is in the books for King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden on their trip to Japan. Their Majesties led separate programmes for the morning before reuniting for events in the afternoon and evening. Yesterday morning, the King attended a business forum while Queen Silvia participated in a conference, organised by Swedish Care International, on dementia where she spoke to those…
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