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The next crown prince to the Japanese throne - Fumihito, Prince Akishino

As Emperor Akihito is to abdicate at the end of this month, we are taking a look at his younger son, Fumihito, Prince Akishino who will be Japan’s new crown prince. Fumihito was born on 30 November 1965 in Imperial Household Agency Hospital at Tokyo Imperial Palace as the second child and younger son of the then Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko. He has an older brother, Crown…
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Imperial Succession plan lined up by Japanese government

The committee within the Japanese government responsible for arranging the transfer of the Chrysanthemum Throne from Emperor Akihito to Crown Prince Naruhito. There will be three elements to the process, with the Emperor stepping down on the 30th April, handing over sacred…
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Prince Akishino to resume role as Honorary President of 2019 Rugby World Cup

Fumihito, Prince Akishino is to resume his role as the Honorary President of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, a source told The Mainichi on Saturday. According to the Japanese publication, the organising committee will discuss the topic tomorrow. It comes as no surprise as members of the Japanese Imperial Family have close ties to rugby. Many members of the family have been either the president or…
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Japanese Imperial Family reveals new photos

The Japanese Imperial Family has released three new photos to mark the new year. The images show the senior members of the family: Emperor Akihito and his wife Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, his wife Crown Princess Masako and their daughter Aiko, Princess Toshi…
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Japanese palace to undergo renovations after abdication

It’s all change for Japan! Upon the 30th of April 2019, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito will have formally retired from the Chrysanthemum Throne, which will then pass to his elder son, Crown Prince Naruhito. Such an event will require a lot of rearrangements, and one of the most pressing is where exactly the retired emperor should spend the rest of his days, as he would no longer be…
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Japan's Prince Akishino publicly addresses Emperor's abdication and future of Imperial Family

Japan’s Prince Akishino stepped out and chatted with the media on Wednesday on the occasion of his 51st birthday. Prince Akishino is the younger son of the current Emperor Akihito. The Prince said it was good that his father expressed wishes to abdicate back in August. His health isn’t as good as it could be. He said, “It was good that [the Emperor] was able to express in an…
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