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An Imperial Prince at Oxford: Naruhito’s Memoir of His Student YearsTaniguchi Tomohiko

What kind of man is Crown Prince Naruhito, the next emperor of Japan? There is a perfect book for those who wish to know more about him. In 1983, the 23-year-old Naruhito traveled alone to Britain, where he spent two years at Merton College, Oxford University. A decade later, in 1993, he published a memoir of his stay. An English version appeared in 2006: The Thames and I: A Memoir of Two Years…

The Comfort of Words: The Emperor and the National Memorial Service for the War DeadSaitō Katsuhisa

This summer Emperor Akihito spoke at the annual National Memorial Service for the War Dead in his last appearance there before his abdication at the end of April next year. Journalist Saitō Katsuhisa reflects on the importance of the ceremony and the last appearance of Emperor Shōwa three decades before.

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.

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