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Empress Masako conducts first official duties since emperor's enthronement

Empress Masako of Japan has conducted her first official duties in her own capacity this week, after the accession of her husband, Emperor Naruhito. Empress Masako succeeded her mother-in-law Empress Emerita Michiko as honorary president of the Japanese Red Cross Society on 1 May and has now appeared at the annual gathering in Tokyo. The event at the Meiji Jingu hall in Shibuya Ward was also…
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First official visit abroad for Princess Kako of Japan

The Imperial Household Agency has announced this week that Her Imperial Highness Princess Kako of Akishino is set to pay her first official visit abroad in September. The Princess will be travelling to Austria and Hungary to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the institution…
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School intruder admits he wanted to stab Prince Hisahito

The suspect in custody for placing knives at Prince Hisahito’s school desk at his school in Tokyo has reportedly admitted that he planned to stab the Prince. The suspect, 56-year-old Kaoru Hasegawa, was arrested on 29 April for trespassing, placing the knives on Prince Hisahito’s school desk and making disparaging remarks about Japan’s Imperial system. All school desks have a…
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Emperor Naruhito takes part in inheritance ceremony

Emperor Naruhito of Japan has taken part in the inheritance ceremony, Kenji to Shokei no Gi this morning in Japan. This was his first official event as the 126th Emperor of Japan, and it was aired live on Japanese television. The five-minute ceremony in the State Room of the Imperial Palace (the same room his father abdicated in yesterday) began at 10.30 am local time and marked the inheritance…
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Emperor Akihito abdicates the Chrysanthemum Throne

Emperor Akihito, 85, has officially abdicated the Chrysanthemum Throne in a live ceremony “Taiirei Seiden no Gi” aired on Japanese television. The quick 10-minute ceremony took place at 5.00 pm local time in the State Room of the Imperial Palace where around 300…
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In Pictures: Emperor Akihito's reign

Emperor Akihito took the throne upon the death of his father, Emperor Shōwa, on 7 January 1989. Of course, Emperor Akihito’s reign comes to an end today with his abdication in favour of his elder son, Crown Prince Naruhito who will ascend the throne tomorrow. Let’s take a look at Emperor Akihito’s reign in photos: Embed from Getty Images The enthronement ceremony in 1990. The…
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