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Prime Minister Abe hosts the royals in Japan as enthronement events come to an end

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has hosted the royals in Japan for another banquet and drinks as the events surrounding Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement comes to an end. Embed from Getty Images Unlike the banquet hosted by Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, this banquet was not a tiara affair. The Prime Minister and his wife, Akie hosted the event in Tokyo’s Hotel New…
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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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