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Emperor Akihito attends final event outside Imperial Palace of his reign

Emperor Akihito has attended the final event of his reign outside the Imperial Palace according to the Japanese press. The Emperor and his wife, Empress Michiko attended an annual award ceremony and reception on Friday in Tokyo. The ceremony was to present the Midori Academic Prize, founded by the AEON Environmental Foundation, and was hosted by the Cabinet Office. The first presentation of the…
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Who was Japan's first emperor?

As Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate from the Japanese throne, Royal Central has dissected some of the most memorable parts of his reign. Although we pride ourselves on keeping our readers up to date with the current news on royals around the world, we wanted to look back…
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Who is Japan's Aiko, Princess Toshi?

Aiko, Princess Toshi is the daughter and only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan. Embed from Getty Images She was born on 1 December 2001 at the Imperial Household Agency Hospital in the Tokyo Imperial Palace. The Princess has two names, a…
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Japan's Imperial couple return to Tokyo after last trip outside capital before Emperor's abdication

Emperor Akihito of Japan and his wife, Empress Michiko returned to Tokyo on Friday after a three-day trip to the Mie Prefecture. There were several ceremonies at the Grand Shrines of Ise where the Emperor reported his upcoming abdication. They arrived on Wednesday at the Kintetsu Railway Co.’s Ujiyamada Station in Ise to a crowd of about 3,500. A further 1,500 people took part in a lantern…
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The life of Empress Michiko

Michiko Shōda – the future Empress of Japan – was born on 20 October 1934 at the University of Tokyo Hospital. She was the daughter of Hidesaburō Shōda and Fumiko Soejima and was the second of four children. She received a solid education, a combination of…
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Controversy surrounding the succession to the Imperial Throne of Japan

The Japanese Monarchy is the oldest monarchy in the world, and that becomes very clear from the moment you come across the succession law that governs it. We are now in 2019, and women are still not allowed to succeed to the Chrysanthemum Throne which is unacceptable in the world today where the principles of gender equality are so desperately important. The succession to the Chrysanthemum Throne…
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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…
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Prince Hisahito enters junior high aiming "to lead a fulfilling student life"

Prince Hisahito of Akishino has begun his junior high education. The 12-year-old Prince attended the entrance ceremony on Monday alongside his parents, Fumihito, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko. The only grandson of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko is attending a junior high school affiliated with Ochanomizu University in Tokyo. Embed from Getty Images During the ceremony, His Imperial…
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