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Japan May Make New Emperor’s Proclamation Date Nonworking Day (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 11 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government is considering designating the date for proclaiming Crown Prince Naruhito's accession to the throne, expected for October next year, as a nonworking day, informed sources said. The move is designed to make the proclamation ceremony a celebratory event for the Japanese people, the sources said. The event is core part of the enthronement cere…

Carriage Tours of Envoys Revived from Tokyo Station (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 11 (Jiji Press)—A horse-drawn carriage carrying a new ambassador to Japan to the Imperial Palace left Tokyo Station's entrance for distinguished guests for the first time in some 10 years on Monday. A horse-drawn carriage carrying a new ambassador to Japan travels through the Marunouchi square in front of Tokyo Station on December 11, 2017. (© Jiji) The move followed the recent …

Imperial Palace’s Inui Street Opened to Public (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 2 (Jiji Press)—Inui Street in the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo was opened to the public on Saturday, in time for the autumn foliage season. Visitors can walk on the road running from the Sakashita gate to the Inui gate between 10 am and 2:30 pm until December 10. Visitors enjoy autumn foliage at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on December 2, 2017. (© Jiji) Public access to I…

Japan’s Emperor Akihito to Abdicate on April 30, 2019 (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 1 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Emperor Akihito will step down on April 30, 2019, in the country's first Imperial abdication in about 200 years, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Friday. Crown Prince Naruhito will accede to the throne on May 1 that year, when the country's era name is also set to change from the current Heisei. The Imperial House Council on Friday met and agreed on the timin…

Imperial Palace’s Inui Street to Be Opened on December 2-10 (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 15 (Jiji Press)—The Imperial Household Agency said Wednesday that it will open Inui Street, running through the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo, to the public on December 2-10. The road, which runs from the Sakashita gate to the Inui gate, is open to the public twice a year during the best times to see cherry blossoms and autumn colors. It will be the first time in one and a hal…

Japan Emperor Abdication Seen as Likely at End of March 2019 (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 20 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government is now likely to set Emperor Akihito's abdication under a special law enacted in June for the end of March 2019, it was learned Friday. The abdication would be followed by Crown Prince Naruhito's accession to the throne and the start of a new Japanese era on April 1, a government source said. The government is working to hold a meeting of …

Japan’s Emperor and Imperial Family

Japan’s imperial family has a long history, shading back into legend. The emperor today has a ceremonial role and performs numerous functions as a symbol of the state.

Japanese Prince Hisahito Visits Ogasawara Islands in July (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 6 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prince Hisahito, the only grandson of Emperor Akihito and third in line to the Imperial throne, traveled to the Ogasawara Islands, part of Tokyo, in late July, it was learned Wednesday. The 11-year-old prince in his fifth year at Ochanomizu University Elementary School mourned for people who died in World War II, during the private trip with his mother, Prin…

Japan Likely to Postpone Decision on Emperor’s Abdication Date (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 28 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government is considering dropping its plan to fix and announce the dates of Emperor Akihito's abdication and the start of a new Japanese era in September, informed sources said Monday. A decision on the schedule is likely to be postponed until later this year, the sources said. The government finds it necessary to initially focus on stabilizing the p…

Calls for Spring 2019 Emperor Abdication Growing Within Agency (News)

Tokyo, Aug. 11 (Jiji Press)—Since Japan's Emperor Akihito signaled his wish to abdicate a year ago, an increasing number of officials at the Imperial Household Agency have come to believe it best for him to step down in spring 2019. The idea is in contrast to when the calendar changes from 2018 to 2019, an option believed to be considered by the government. Agency officials are concerned tha…

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