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Crown Princess of Japan’s judge father in The Hague retires

The father of Crown Princess Masako of Japan, Hisashi Owada, is retiring from his judgeship at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. In addition to Crown Princess Masako, he is also the father of twins Reiko and Setsuko by his wife, Yumiko Egashira. Hisashi Owada has been a member of the International Court of Justice in The Hague since 2003 and acted as its president between 2009…
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New era in Japan to be announced in February 2019

Government services in Japan have said that the name of the new imperial era in the country will be announced in February 2019. The current era is the Heisei. The announcement will come after a celebration ceremony for Emperor Akihito’s abdication. The celebration is scheduled for 24 February of next year with the Emperor’s abdication coming a few month later on 30 April 2019 at the…
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Basic plan for Japanese Imperial succession to be compiled by March

A basic plan for Emperor Akihito’s abdication is to be compiled by March. The plan will have information on the ceremonies due to take place before his abdication as well as ceremonies related to the accession of Crown Prince Naruhito. Yoshihide Suga, the Chief Cabinet Secretary, is leading a group that is preparing the succession ceremonies. The committees made up of government officials…
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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 recalls visit to Vietnam and King of Thailand's funeral in poetry

Poetry and monarchy very often go hand in hand. Whether it is King Edward III offering patronage to Geoffrey Chaucer, or King David of Israel being said to have written a number of Psalms found in the Bible, there is a strong mutual history between the two. Japanese emperors, in their time, were also noteworthy poets forming part of a courtly culture very interested in high arts and literary…
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