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Wedding date set for Japan's Princess Mako

The Imperial Household of Japan announced the date for the wedding of Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino to Kei Komuro on Wednesday. The pair will wed on 4 November 2018 at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Her Imperial Highness’s grandparents, the Emperor and Empress of Japan, are expected to attend. As part of Japanese tradition, the couple will become fully engaged through…
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Princess Kako of Akishino arrives in UK to study at Leeds University

Her Imperial Highness Princess Kako of Akishino has arrived in the United Kingdom to study for a year at Leeds University. The 22-year-old granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will be studying performing arts and psychology which will go toward her degree at her university in Japan, the Imperial Household Agency has said. She will stay in a student dormitory. Classes begin for…
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Japan enacts law allowing Emperor to abdicate

Japan’s National Diet, the country’s bicameral legislature, has passed a law to allow 83-year-old Emperor Akihito to abdicate. Japan’s Cabinet approved the bill at the end of May. His Imperial Majesty will be the first monarch in Japan to abdicate for nearly 200 years. The Imperial Household Act did not allow for abdication; this led to the Japanese government to create a new…
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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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