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Emperor Akihito back to work following illness

Emperor Akihito of Japan resumed his official duties on Thursday, 5th July, after three days of treatment for insufficient blood supply to the brain according to a palace spokesperson. The 84-year-old had cancelled engagements from Monday 2nd July after the palace doctor diagnosed the Emperor with “symptoms of vertigo and nausea due to cerebral anemia, which require a complete rest and…
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Princess Ayako holds press conference with fiancé

Japan’s Princess Ayako, 27, held a press conference with her fiancé, Kei Moriya, 32, on Monday at the Imperial Household Agency just a few hours after her engagement had been formally announced by the Imperial Household Agency. In the press conference, the Princess…
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Japan's Princess Aiko to attend summer school at Eton College

Japan’s Princess Aiko is due to attend summer school at Eton College from late July to early August, according to the Japan Times citing sources close to the matter. The 16-year-old Princess is following in the footsteps of several family members who also travelled to the United Kingdom to study. Japanese national broadcaster NHK stated that Her Imperial Highness would study English and…
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Takamikura throne to go to Tokyo for repair ahead of next year's coronation

The Imperial Household Agency is arranging plans for the Takamikura throne to travel from Kyoto to Tokyo by land in order to undergo repairs ahead of the Crown Prince Naruhito’s coronation to the Chrysanthemum Throne next year, senior agency officials said on Friday. The huge canopied throne weighing 8-tonnes and measuring 6.5 metres high is expected to be transported by a private company to…
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New era in Japan to be announced in February 2019

Government services in Japan have said that the name of the new imperial era in the country will be announced in February 2019. The current era is the Heisei. The announcement will come after a celebration ceremony for Emperor Akihito’s abdication. The celebration is…
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Emperor Akihito’s April 2019 abdication ceremony to be state occasion

The abdication ceremony of Emperor Akihito in April 2019 will be a state occasion. The Japanese government made the announcement on Tuesday, 20 February. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga headed the panel which decided to also have a ceremony at the National Theater in Tokyo that celebrates 30 years of His Imperial Majesty’s reign on 24 February 2019, reported the Japan Times. This will…
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