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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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Who was Japan's first emperor?

As Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate from the Japanese throne, Royal Central has dissected some of the most memorable parts of his reign. Although we pride ourselves on keeping our readers up to date with the current news on royals around the world, we wanted to look back…
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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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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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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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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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