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People from almost 200 countries to be invited to Japan for enthronement events

People from 195 different countries will be invited to Japan for the enthronement ceremonies taking place in the autumn. The Japanese government revealed their plans on Tuesday, 19 May saying that the autumn enthronement ceremonies, including banquets, for Crown Prince Naruhito as Emperor of Japan will feature citizens from up to 195 nations. A senior government representative remarked, “The…
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Emperor of Japan begins first rituals for abdication

Emperor Akihito of Japan, 85, has begun a series of rituals leading up to his abdication at the end of next month. The first of these ceremonies took place on Tuesday, 12 March at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo at the three imperial sanctuaries. The retiring Emperor wore an…
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Japanese public to be able to meet new emperor on May 4

The Imperial Household Agency of Japan announced Monday that the public would be able to meet their new emperor on 4 May. The new Emperor and Empress will greet the public on the balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on 4 May, three days after taking the throne. They will be joined by other members of the Imperial Family with the exception of the then Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita…
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Japan's Yuriko, Princess Mikasa hospitalised

Japan’s Yuriko, Princess Mikasa has been hospitalised for influenza, the Imperial Household Agency announced yesterday. The 95-year-old was admitted to St. Luke’s International Hospital’s Chuo Ward in Tokyo with influenza type A and a fever of 37C. Her condition is not serious, but she expected to remain in the hospital for around a week. Her Imperial Highness received the flu…
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Emperor of Japan delivers final New Year's address

Emperor Akihito of Japan has delivered his final New Year’s address from the Chrysanthemum Throne in Tokyo today. The Emperor is due to abdicate in favour of his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito on 30 May. Naruhito will ascend the throne the following day on 1…
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Emperor Akihito celebrates last birthday as Emperor of Japan

Japan’s Emperor Akihito has celebrated his last birthday as Emperor of Japan as he is due to abdicate in favour of his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito next year. His Imperial Majesty turns 85 today, and it was marked throughout Japan as it is a national holiday “The Emperor’s Birthday” in the country. His Imperial Majesty remarked at a press conference about this…
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