Japan

Emperor Akihito abdicates the Chrysanthemum Throne

Emperor Akihito, 85, has officially abdicated the Chrysanthemum Throne in a live ceremony “Taiirei Seiden no Gi” aired on Japanese television. The quick 10-minute ceremony took place at 5.00 pm local time in the State Room of the Imperial Palace where around 300 guests were in attendance including Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe and his cabinet. Members of the Imperial Family in…
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In Pictures: Emperor Akihito's reign

Emperor Akihito took the throne upon the death of his father, Emperor Shōwa, on 7 January 1989. Of course, Emperor Akihito’s reign comes to an end today with his abdication in favour of his elder son, Crown Prince Naruhito who will ascend the throne…
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Ahead of his abdication, take a look at the life of Emperor Akihito

Born on 23 December 1933, Prince Akihito was born in the Imperial Palace of Tokyo as the elder son and fifth child of Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako. He had five older sisters: Shigeko, Princess Teru (1925-1961); Sachiko, Princess Hisa (1927-1928); Kazuko, Princess Taka (1929-1989); and Atsuko, Princess Yori (b. 1931). They were later joined by two more siblings: Masahito, Prince Hitachi and…
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Who was Japan's first emperor?

As Emperor Akihito is set to abdicate from the Japanese throne, Royal Central has dissected some of the most memorable parts of his reign. Although we pride ourselves on keeping our readers up to date with the current news on royals around the world, we wanted to look back further and answer the question on everyone’s mind: who was Japan’s first ever Emperor? According to ancient literature…
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Who is Japan's Aiko, Princess Toshi?

Aiko, Princess Toshi is the daughter and only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan. Embed from Getty Images She was born on 1 December 2001 at the Imperial Household Agency Hospital in the Tokyo Imperial Palace. The Princess has two names, a…
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Japan's Imperial couple return to Tokyo after last trip outside capital before Emperor's abdication

Emperor Akihito of Japan and his wife, Empress Michiko returned to Tokyo on Friday after a three-day trip to the Mie Prefecture. There were several ceremonies at the Grand Shrines of Ise where the Emperor reported his upcoming abdication. They arrived on Wednesday at the Kintetsu Railway Co.’s Ujiyamada Station in Ise to a crowd of about 3,500. A further 1,500 people took part in a lantern…
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