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Emperor of Japan delivers final New Year's address

Emperor Akihito of Japan has delivered his final New Year’s address from the Chrysanthemum Throne in Tokyo today. The Emperor is due to abdicate in favour of his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito on 30 May. Naruhito will ascend the throne the following day on 1 May. His Imperial Majesty said today, “I hope this year will be a good year for as many people as possible. “At the…
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Crown Princess Masako vows to serve the people

In a statement released by the Imperial Household Agency, Crown Princess Masako, who turns 55-years-old today, has vowed to make her best effort to serve the people. She is set to become Empress of Japan following her father-in-law’s abdication next year. “I want to devote myself to the happiness of the people so I will make an effort to that end while gaining more experience,” the Crown…
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Crown Prince Naruhito guides blind Paralympian on run

He is preparing to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne in May of 2019, but that did not stop Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan from helping a blind Paralympian on a run. One evening, the future Emperor of Japan wore a bib with “Guide” written on it as he and Misato Michishita, 41, ran around the Imperial Household’s Akasaka Estate in Tokyo on 26 June this year. Misato Michishita won…
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Princess Kiko visits Children’s Book Museum in the Netherlands

Her Imperial Highness The Princess Akishino – better known as Princess Kiko, the daughter-in-law of Emperor Akihito – made a visit to the Children’s Book Museum in The Hague this week. The Princess is known for her interest in and promotion of children’s literature and the importance of reading in childhood. The doors of the Children’s Book Museum were open early for their royal visitor…
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