Japan

Empress Masako praised by Harvard expert

Empress Masako of Japan has been praised by an expert and emeritus professor of her alma mater, Harvard University in Boston. Ezra Vogel, who is a personal friend of Masako’s family and an expert on Japan and China in the US, said the Empress will be vital for Japan and Japanese relations. “She’ll be able to do it effortlessly,” Vogel cited in a recent interview…
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Japan

Ritual enthronement ceremonies begin in rainy Tokyo

Even though it is a very rainy day in Tokyo, Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement activities continue despite the weather. This morning, the Emperor and his wife, Empress Masako visited one of the three imperial sanctuaries where Naruhito reported his enthronement to…
Japan

A look at the events surrounding Japan’s Enthronement Ceremony

With Emperor Naurhito’s Enthronement Ceremony set to take place tomorrow, we are looking at the events that will be taking place. At 1.00 pm Japanese time, the 30-minute Enthronement Ceremony will take place in the most prestigious place in the Imperial Palace – Matsu no ma. Two of the Three Sacred Treasures (Kusanagi sword and Yasakani no Magatama jewel) will sit beside Emperor…
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Thailand

Thai King takes personal control of two key military units

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, also called King Rama X, has taken personal control of two key military units via a royal decree which took effect on Tuesday. These two units (Bangkok-based 1st and 11th Infantry Regiments) are now under the direct command of the palace (Royal Security Command). They will now report directly to the King and his wife, Queen Suthida, the latter of whom…
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Princess Kako promotes Japanese-Hungarian ties at dinner in Hungary

Princess Kako of Akishino, a niece of Emperor Naruhito and the second daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito, is continuing her visit to Austria and Hungary. Earlier in Austria, she paid a courtesy call on Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and attended a commemorative reception. Princess Kako attended a dinner in Budapest to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the diplomatic relations…
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