CoronavirusJapan

Emperor of Japan's birthday event cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak

Emperor Naruhito of Japan’s birthday event set for this coming weekend has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak seriously impacting Asia where over 1,000 people have been killed in China. The Imperial Household Agency announced today that they had cancelled the public birthday event at the Imperial Palace as they are concerned it could contribute to the spread of the deadly…
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Thailand

Thai King will cover cost of funerals for victims of mass shooting

The King of Thailand, Maha Vajiralongkorn, will cover the cost of the funeral rites for the victims of Thailand’s mass shooting over the weekend. He and Queen Suthida have also extended their support to the victims’ families. Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha said, “King Maha Vajiralongkorn and the Queen feel remorse because of the shootings and extend moral…
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Bhutan

Crown Prince of Bhutan celebrates his 4th birthday

Yesterday, the Crown Prince of Bhutan, Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck (also called the Druk Gyalsey or Dragon Prince), celebrated his 4th birthday. To coincide with his birthday, his father, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck attended the consecration ceremony of the Druk…
Japan

Yuriko, Princess Mikasa to undergo cataract surgery

Yuriko, Princess Mikasa, an aunt of Emperor Emeritus Akihito of Japan and great-aunt of the current Emperor Naruhito, will undergo cataract surgery on her right eye today at St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo, according to the Imperial Household Agency. She…
Japan

Emperor Emeritus Akihito recovering after collapsing and temporarily losing consciousness

Japan’s Emperor Emeritus Akihito, 86, is recovering after collapsing and temporarily losing consciousness on Wednesday at his Tokyo residence. Empress Emerita Michiko, 85, was near her husband when he collapsed and called a doctor for help by pressing the emergency alarm button. The doctor arrived and reportedly found the Emperor Emeritus unconscious and snoring. When he regained…
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Japan

Japanese government begins informal study on ways to ensure stable imperial succession

According to Japanese government sources, the government has begun an informal study on ways to ensure a stable imperial succession as Japan is faced with an extremely short line of succession. The informal study is being headed by Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kazuhiro Sugita. The line of succession only has three people: Crown Prince Akishino (54), Prince Hisahito (13) and Prince Hitachi…
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