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Empress Emerita Michiko told to take it easy after doctors diagnose heart valve abnormalities

The Imperial Household Agency announced on Monday that the Empress Emerita Michiko of Japan has been diagnosed with heart valve abnormalities. She underwent a heart exam on Saturday after a blood test from earlier this month showed a higher risk of heart failure. The former Empress, who is 84-years-old, retired from official duties alongside her husband Emperor Emeritus Akihito at the end of…
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Former King of Malaysia dies at 88

It has been announced by Pahang Chief Minister Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail that the former King of Malaysia, Sultan Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah died on Wednesday morning in the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur at 8.50 am. He was 88-years-old. The Chief Minister said…
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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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Knives found at Prince Hisahito's school desk days before abdication

The police in Japan have launched an investigation after two knives were found by the school desk of Prince Hisahito – Emperor Akihito’s 12-year-old grandson. The pink-painted knives were discovered last Friday in a classroom at the junior high school the Prince attends which is affiliated with Ochanomizu University in Tokyo. All school desks have a piece of tape with the name of the…
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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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