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Celebrating first birthday as Emperor of Japan, Naruhito vows to stand by the people of Japan

As he turns 60 and celebrates his first birthday as Emperor of Japan, Naruhito has vowed to stand by the Japanese people in his first birthday address. The remarks were given during a press conference on Friday. Emperor Naruhito said that he would stand with Japan as they respond to environmental and social challenges facing the country, “In this rapidly changing society, I am…
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Emperor Naruhito turns 60, his life in pictures

Emperor Naruhito of Japan, who ascended the throne on 1 May 2019 after the abdication of his father Emperor Emeritus Akihito the previous day, celebrates his 60th birthday today. Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, public celebrations of his birthday were cancelled…
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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 will need to remain in hospital for several days. Yuriko, Princess Mikasa, was born Yuriko Takagi on 4 June 1923. She married…
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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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Emperor Naruhito delivers first New Year's speech

Emperor Naruhito of Japan has delivered his first New Year’s speech as the Emperor of Japan. After a devastating typhoon hit Japan in October of last year, as well as torrential rain that hit the country in 2019, Naruhito said he hopes that 2020 is a year free from…
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A look back at the Japanese royal year

As 2019 comes to a close, we taking a look back at the Japanese royal year that was dominated by the abdication of Emperor Akihito and enthronement of their new emperor, Naruhito. January: Emperor Akihito delivers final New Year’s address Princess Mako’s…
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Emperor Emeritus Akihito celebrates first birthday since abdication

Emperor Emeritus Akihito has celebrated his first birthday since abdicating the throne in favour of his elder son, Naruhito, earlier this year. Akihito turned 86 today, and for the first time in decades, the day is not a national holiday. While he was on the throne, his birthday was observed in Japan as a national holiday, but now that he has stepped down, Japan will observe his son, Emperor…
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