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Thirtieth anniversary of father’s death commemorated by Emperor Akihito

Emperor Akihito of Japan has officially commemorated the anniversary of his father, Emperor Showa’s death which occurred thirty years ago this week. A specially planned ceremony was held in the former Emperor’s honour at his tomb in Tokyo. The current Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate on the 30th April this year, and it is believed that this ceremony is something he wished to do before his…
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Japanese palace to undergo renovations after abdication

It’s all change for Japan! Upon the 30th of April 2019, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito will have formally retired from the Chrysanthemum Throne, which will then pass to his elder son, Crown Prince Naruhito. Such an event will require a lot of rearrangements, and one of the most pressing is where exactly the retired emperor should spend the rest of his days, as he would no longer be…
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Emperor of Japan plans for low-key abdication

On the 30th of April 2019, Crown Prince Naruhito will become the next Emperor of Japan. In an event that has not been seen for two centuries the current Emperor, Akihito, will formally relinquish his position on the Japanese throne and will retreat from public life into what…
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Retiring Emperor to be given new residence

Those following Japanese politics would be familiar with the impending abdication of the current ruling Emperor, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito. At first only being suggested through an indirect comment in a TV address earlier last year, the gears of Japanese government have turned such that it seems His Imperial Majesty will indeed get his wish for a retirement, with his son Crown Prince…
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Emperor Akihito one step closer to abdication

It has been nearly a year since Emperor Akihito appeared on Japanese national television — a rare and auspicious event at the best of times — to announce his wish to abdicate the throne and leave imperial duties to his younger and more able-bodied son, Crown…
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Possible date for Emperor's abdication revealed

According to a government source, the Japanese government has been considering the possibility of Crown Prince Naruhito acceding to the Chrysanthemum Throne ahead of schedule. During a rare televised address last August, Emperor Akihito of Japan first alluded to a possible desire to step down from service and pass the role of Emperor to his son, Crown Prince Naruhito. The wish was not expressed…
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