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Who is Crown Princess Masako of Japan?

Born Masako Owada (or Owada Masako according to Asian naming customs where the family name is placed before the given name), she was born on 9 December 1963 in Tokyo’s Toranomon Hospital to Yumiko Egashira and Hisashi Owada – the latter being a former diplomat and former judge on the International Court of Justice. Masako has two younger siblings – twin sisters, Setsuko and…
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The Emperor and Empress of Japan celebrate 60 years of marriage

Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, the last anniversary as the reigning couple of Japan, on Wednesday, 10 April. Together, they received addresses from members of the Imperial Family, including the…
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Japan announces Reiwa as era name for Crown Prince Naruhito's reign

Japan has revealed the name of the era for Crown Prince Naruhito’s reign which begins on 1 May. Reiwa will be the name of the new Japanese era, the government announced on Monday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced on behalf of the government in a press conference. He explained that Reiwa came from the 18th-century collection of poetry, Japanese classic Manyoshu. Embed from…
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Japan’s Princess Kako graduates from university and expresses wish that her sister be happy

Princess Kako graduated from the International Christian University, her elder sister’s alma mater, in Tokyo on Friday and used written answers to press questions to indicate not only what she looked forward to, but some would say a very modern approach to marriage for Japan but one that has born success recently in the United Kingdom. When asked about the possible postponement of her…
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Emperor of Japan begins first rituals for abdication

Emperor Akihito of Japan, 85, has begun a series of rituals leading up to his abdication at the end of next month. The first of these ceremonies took place on Tuesday, 12 March at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo at the three imperial sanctuaries. The retiring Emperor wore an ancient court costume for his visits to Kashikodokoro, Koreiden and Shinden. At the first shrine, he bowed and read an…
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