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Emperor Akihito abdication date and new era name revealing postponed

Turmoil within the Japanese government now means that the announcement of the dates for Emperor Akihito’s abdication and the name of the new era has been delayed. Governmental sources said that the decision would most likely be delayed until later on in the year. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has suffered a dip in approval and are now focusing on gaining control of the…
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Princess Mako’s engagement announcement postponed because of deadly rains in Kyushu

The official announcement of Princess Mako of Akishino’s engagement to Kei Komuro has been postponed in light of the deadly rains in Kyushu. Heavy rains continue to pelt the Kyushu island, and so far seven people have died, while hundreds remain trapped by floodwaters. Kyushu is the third biggest island of Japan. The couple were to hold an official press conference this Saturday. They…
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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…
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Debate over Japanese Emperor’s abdication turns to details about title and role

Japan is now poised to create a one-time law to allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate the throne in favour of his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, and so the official debate is turning to the finer details. In particular need of clarity is the appropriate title for a former Emperor and whether women should remain part of the Imperial family after marriage to allow for the continuation of the…
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Emperor to enjoy brief rest following fever

Although the Emperor of Japan is afforded no political powers by the Japanese Constitution, he still must attend to numerous other ceremonial duties, such as his opening of the Japanese National Diet earlier this year. Many of these are purely ceremonial, maintained out of a…
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Emperor Akihito opens Japanese National Diet

His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Akihito of Japan, opened the Japanese National Diet this Friday. Reading a prepared speech within the upper assembly, it marks Japan’s 189th Ordinary Session since the first Imperial Diet was opened by Emperor Meiji on 29 November 1890. In accordance with the Japanese Constitution, it is one of the Emperor’s numerous duties to formally open the Japanese…
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