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The Royal Central Podcast: should abdication be the new norm?

This week’s Royal Central podcast looks ahead to the enthronement of the new Emperor of Japan. As well as the latest behind the scenes news on the guest list from our Deputy Editor, Brittani Barger, there’s also a debate about whether abdication is changing the way we view monarchies and questions about whether, in the 21st century, monarchs stepping aside is the preferred way of…
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Crown Prince Family of Japan conclude trip to Bhutan

Crown Prince Fumihito, Crown Princess Kiko, and Prince Hisahito of Japan have concluded their visit to Bhutan and returned to Japan. It was the first overseas visit for 12-year-old Prince Hisahito, who is second in line to the Japanese throne. The Crown Prince Family arrived in Bhutan on Saturday 17 August for a private trip on the invitation of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel where they were…
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Japanese Crown Prince says royal duties need to be reviewed as members decline

Crown Prince Fumihito of Japan said on Friday that the Imperial Family is limited in what they can do because of their ever declining numbers. He added that duties would have to be scaled down as a result. “Those who are building international goodwill are decreasing, but in a way, there is nothing we can do. I think those among us who are able can only do so much,” he said. His…
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Marriage prospects unknown for Japan's Princess Mako

The marriage prospects of Japan’s Princess Mako of Akishino are unknown, her father, Crown Prince Fumihito revealed to the media on Saturday during a press conference ahead of his and his wife, Crown Princess Kiko’s official visit to Finland and Poland this next…
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Former Empress of Japan set to undergo heart exam

Empress Emerita Michiko of Japan, 84, is set to undergo a heart examination according to the Imperial Household Agency on Friday. The heart examination has been set up after Michiko’s blood test showed that she has a higher risk of heart failure. As a result, further tests will be administered at the Imperial Household Hospital. The blood test on the Empress Emerita came after she had been…
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