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NEW: Empress Emerita Michiko diagnosed with breast cancer

Empress Emerita Michiko of Japan has been diagnosed with a relatively early stage of breast cancer, and she is due to undergo surgery in the near future, the Imperial Household Agency has announced. The former Empress, who is 84-years-old, retired from official duties alongside her husband Emperor Emeritus Akihito at the end of April, but she has been plagued with health problems for a while.
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The life of Empress Michiko

Michiko Shōda – the future Empress of Japan – was born on 20 October 1934 at the University of Tokyo Hospital. She was the daughter of Hidesaburō Shōda and Fumiko Soejima and was the second of four children. She received a solid education, a combination of…
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The Emperor and Empress of Japan celebrate 60 years of marriage

Their Imperial Majesties Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, the last anniversary as the reigning couple of Japan, on Wednesday, 10 April. Together, they received addresses from members of the Imperial Family, including the soon-to-be Emperor Naruhito (current Crown Prince), and members of the government and the Imperial Household Agency. The…
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Emperor Akihito cancels duties due to diagnosis of cerebral anaemia

Japanese Emperor Akihito has cancelled his public duties after he was diagnosed with dizziness and cerebral anaemia, the Imperial Household Agency announced today. Cerebral anaemia is a condition which causes insufficient blood flow to the brain. Earlier this morning, the Emperor felt sick and experienced hot flashes, prompting the Empress to contact a palace doctor. He has not been admitted to…
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Japanese Imperial Family reveals new photos

The Japanese Imperial Family has released three new photos to mark the new year. The images show the senior members of the family: Emperor Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, his wife Crown Princess Masako and their daughter Aiko, Princess Toshi…
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Emperor recalls visit to Vietnam and King of Thailand's funeral in poetry

Poetry and monarchy very often go hand in hand. Whether it is King Edward III offering patronage to Geoffrey Chaucer, or King David of Israel being said to have written a number of Psalms found in the Bible, there is a strong mutual history between the two. Japanese emperors, in their time, were also noteworthy poets forming part of a courtly culture very interested in high arts and literary…
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