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Princess Mako of Japan's marriage to be postponed over "lack of preparation"

The wedding of Princess Makoof 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 thelack…
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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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Japanese palace to undergo renovations after abdication

It’s all change for Japan! Upon the 30th of April 2019, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito will have formally retired from the Chrysanthemum Throne, which will then pass to his elder son, Crown Prince Naruhito. Such an event will require a lot of rearrangements, and one of the most pressing is where exactly the retired emperor should spend the rest of his days, as he would no longer be…
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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…
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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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BREAKING: Emperor Akihito's abdication date officially set

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe confirmed to the Associated Press that His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito will abdicate on 30 April 2019 at the age of 85. Just last week it was reported in The Japan Times that the government had selected 30 April 2019 as the date for the abdication, with the accession to the throne by Crown Prince Naruhito to take place the following day, 1 May. A…
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