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Japanese government plans to announce name of new era ahead of Crown Prince's ascension

The Japanese government is keeping with their plans to announce the name of the new era before Crown Prince Naruhito ascends the Chrysanthemum Throne on 1 May 2019. This is despite the politicians on the right who want to wait to make the announcement until after Emperor Akihito’s abdication as they believe announcing it sooner would be disrespectful. According to the Japan Times, the…
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Crown Prince and Princess of Japan attend tree festival ceremony

Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan were in the suburban city of Chofu, western Tokyo, this past weekend to attend the 42nd “Zenkoku Ikujusai” national tree festival awards ceremony at Musashino Forest Sport Plaza. The national tree festival event promotes the conservation and protection of Japan’s forests and has been a constant in…
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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…
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Japan’s government to delay discussion on creating female Imperial branches

The Japanese government is holding off on deciding whether or not to allow female members of the Imperial Family to establish their own branches of the family after marriage, according to sources. They will delay discussions on the matter at least under after Crown Prince Naruhito’s accession to the throne on the 1st of May next year. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told the Diet last week that…
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Princess Ayako attends final imperial event “Choken-no-Gi” before leaving Imperial Family

Princess Ayako of Takamado has performed the final two ceremonies to officially mark her leaving the Imperial Family. After her wedding next Monday, she will no longer be a part of the Imperial Family. On Friday, the Princess informed the divine spirits of the Emperors and ancestors that she would marry in three days time and leave the Imperial Family in the…
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