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Crown Prince Naruhito: A Profile of Japan’s Next EmperorYamashita Shinji

In less than a year, on May 1, 2019, Crown Prince Naruhito is set to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne. Former Imperial Household Agency employee Yamashita Shinji gives a profile of Japan’s next emperor.

Emperor, Empress Visit Okinawa Island of Yonaguni (News)

Yonaguni, Okinawa Pref., March 28 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko made their first-ever visit to the Okinawa Prefecture island of Yonaguni, the westernmost part of Japan, on Wednesday. The couple, who arrived in the southernmost Japan prefecture on Tuesday for a three-day tour, flew to the island from Naha, the capital of Okinawa, aboard a special jet. The Emperor …

Japan May Defer Announcement of New Era Name (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 16 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government is considering deferring until year-end or later the announcement of the name of a new Japanese era to start with Crown Prince Naruhito's accession to the throne, set for May 1, 2019, informed sources said on Friday. The government plans to decide and release the new era's name early enough to prevent confusion in people's daily lives and econ…

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…

Japanese Princess Mako’s Marriage Postponed (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 6 (Jiji Press)—Ceremonies related to the marriage of Japanese Princess Mako and her fiance, Komuro Kei, have been postponed, the Imperial Household Agency said Tuesday. In September last year, Princess Mako, 26, and Komuro, her same-age former university classmate, held a joint press conference to announce their engagement. Their engagement ceremony was set for March 4 this year and…

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…

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…

Princess Mako’s Informal Engagement Announced (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Imperial Household Agency announced on Sunday the informal engagement of Princess Mako, the first grandchild of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, to former university classmate and commoner Komuro Kei. Princess Mako and Komuro Kei at a press conference in Tokyo on September 3, 2017. (© Jiji) Yamamoto Shin’ichirō, grand steward of the agency, made the a…

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