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Imperial Succession plan lined up by Japanese government

The committee within the Japanese government responsible for arranging the transfer of the Chrysanthemum Throne from Emperor Akihito to Crown Prince Naruhito. There will be three elements to the process, with the Emperor stepping down on the 30th April, handing over sacred objects which have been passed down through centuries between Emperors. Then on the 1st of May, the Crown Prince will receive…
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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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Chief priest in Japan quits after criticising Japanese emperor

The chief priest of Japan’s Yasukuni Shrine is to resign after highly critical comments he made about the country’s soon retiring 84-year-old Emperor, Akihito. The chief priest, Kunio Kohori, had his comments leaked to the Shukan Post magazine and said that he believed Emperor Akihito was aiming to destroy the controversial Yasukuni Shrine by not visiting it. Kohori made the…
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Emperor Akihito back to work following illness

Emperor Akihito of Japan resumed his official duties on Thursday, 5th July, after three days of treatment for insufficient blood supply to the brain according to a palace spokesperson. The 84-year-old had cancelled engagements from Monday 2nd July after the palace doctor…
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Emperor and Empress of Japan meet survivors of Fukushima

In Japan, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have paid what will probably be their last visit to the Fukushima Prefecture before the Emperor’s abdication on health grounds. Whilst there, the Imperial Couple undertook engagements including national tree-planting festival in Minamisoma. The event is one of three festivals, which are attended by the couple and that rotate around the prefectures…
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