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Princess Kako of Akishino arrives in UK to study at Leeds University

Her Imperial Highness Princess Kako of Akishino has arrived in the United Kingdom to study for a year at Leeds University. The 22-year-old granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will be studying performing arts and psychology which will go toward her degree at her university in Japan, the Imperial Household Agency has said. She will stay in a student dormitory. Classes begin for…
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Princess Mako to officially announce engagement in September

The Imperial Household Agency in Japan has announced that on3rd September, the engagement will be announced of Princess Mako and her long-term boyfriend, Kei Komuro. It is understood that the couple will address the media on this happy occasion. The engagement was originally going to be announced on 8th July. However, the couple decided that it was appropriate to delay the announcement given the…
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Princess Mako’s engagement announcement postponed because of deadly rains in Kyushu

The official announcement of Princess Mako of Akishino’s engagement to Kei Komuro has been postponed in light of the deadly rains in Kyushu. Heavy rains continue to pelt the Kyushu island, and so far seven people have died, while hundreds remain trapped by floodwaters. Kyushu is the third biggest island of Japan. The couple were to hold an official press conference this Saturday. They…
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Retiring Emperor to be given new residence

Those following Japanese politics would be familiar with the impending abdication of the current ruling Emperor, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito. At first only being suggested through an indirect comment in a TV address earlier last year, the gears of Japanese…
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Japan enacts law allowing Emperor to abdicate

Japan’s National Diet, the country’s bicameral legislature, has passed a law to allow 83-year-old Emperor Akihito to abdicate. Japan’s Cabinet approved the bill at the end of May. His Imperial Majesty will be the first monarch in Japan to abdicate for…
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Emperor Akihito one step closer to abdication

It has been nearly a year since Emperor Akihito appeared on Japanese national television — a rare and auspicious event at the best of times — to announce his wish to abdicate the throne and leave imperial duties to his younger and more able-bodied son, Crown Prince Naruhito. Now, the Japanese National Diet is on the cusp of signing into law the bill that could make this possible. The…
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