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Crown Princess of Japan’s judge father in The Hague retires

The father of Crown Princess Masako of Japan, Hisashi Owada, is retiring from his judgeship at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. In addition to Crown Princess Masako, he is also the father of twins Reiko and Setsuko by his wife, Yumiko Egashira. Hisashi Owada has been a member of the International Court of Justice in The Hague since 2003 and acted as its president between 2009…
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Japanese government does not plan to have female members of Imperial Family attend key enthronement ceremony

The Japanese government does not have any plans to have female members of the Japanese Imperial Family at a key enthronement ceremony, Kenji to Shokei no Gi, according to sources at the Japan Times. This is one of several ceremonies that will mark the ascension of Crown Prince Naruhito as Emperor of Japan on 1 May 2019. Emperor Akihito will abdicate on 30 April 2019. The government intends to…
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New era in Japan to be announced in February 2019

Government services in Japan have said that the name of the new imperial era in the country will be announced in February 2019. The current era is the Heisei. The announcement will come after a celebration ceremony for Emperor Akihito’s abdication. The celebration is…
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Princess Mako of Japan's marriage to be postponed over "lack of preparation"

The wedding of Princess Mako of Akishino – the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko – and her fiance, Kei Komuro, has been postponed until 2020 due to “lack of preparation.” The couple’s wedding date had been set for 4 November 2018, but the Princess said through the Imperial Household Agency that she “came to recognise the lack of time…
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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 Akihito greeted by tens of thousands at Imperial Palace

The Emperor of Japan, Akihito, was greeted by tens of thousands outside the Imperial Palace who had gathered to hear his New Year’s speech. The New Year’s speech is one of two events in which the Imperial Palace is open to the public. The other day is on the Emperor’s Birthday on the 23rd of December. He delivered a speech from his bullet-proof balcony at the Imperial Palace in…
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