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Belgian Economic Mission to Japan, Days Three and Four

  June 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm by

On the third day of the Economic Mission to Japan, June 12, Crown Prince Philippe attended the inauguration of the collaboration between GSK Vaccines and Daiichi Sankyo Pharmaceutical at the Japan Vaccine Company Head Office. GSK Vaccines is specialized in the research, development and production of innovative prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines. Then the Prince had lunch at the Keidanren Head Office, the Japan Business Federation, when he attended meetings with … Continue reading

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Belgian Economic Mission to Japan, Days One and Two

  June 12, 2012 at 10:26 pm by

The Crown Prince Couple’s economic mission started on June 10th, when Prince Philippe visited EXPO 2010 in Yesu, South Korea. He was there to represent the King. The Prince, accompanied by the Belgian delegation and two Ministers, visited pavilions with chocolate, diamonds and fries during the Belgian Day. The Prince was also there to support and promote the candidacy of the city of Liege for the exhibition of 2017. The … Continue reading

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Death of Prince Tomohito of Mikasa

  June 7, 2012 at 6:24 am by

The Imperial Household Agency last night announced the death of Prince Tomohito of Mikasa at the age of sixty-six. The Prince, Emperor Akihito’s first cousin, passed away at 3:35pm local time on Wednesday June 6th, at a hospital in Tokyo. He passed away following major organ failure. He had suffered from cancer for over two decades, his most recent cancer-related operation was March this year. He had throat cancer since … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito’s Heart Surgery Successful

  February 19, 2012 at 5:30 am by

The Imperial Household Agency has reported that Emperor Akihito is recovering well from his heart bypass operation yesterday, Saturday February 18th. “As far as operations go, it probably could not have proceeded any better,” Doctor Minoru Ono said during a press conference following the operation’s completion at the University of Tokyo Hospital. Doctors from the Juntendo University Hospital also assisted in the operation, in which doctors used a blood vessel … Continue reading

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Prince Akishino Turns 46, Calls for Emperor ‘Retirement Age’

  December 2, 2011 at 12:33 am by

HIH Prince Akishino of Japan, the second son of HIM Emperor Akihito, celebrated his forty-sixth birthday on November 30th, with a press conference at Tokyo’s Imperial Palace. When discussing the events of 2011, including the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster, the Prince spoke of his father’s many official duties. “When you pass a certain age, it gradually becomes difficult for people to do various things,” he said, after asking … Continue reading

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Monarchs Send Condolences to Japanese Emperor

  March 13, 2011 at 4:18 am by

Following the disasturous earthquake and tsunami which hit the north-eastern coast of Japan on Friday afternoon, local time, many reigning monarchs have sent messages of condolence and support to Emperor Akihito of Japan. The Imperial Household Agency, on behalf of the Emperor and Empress, also released a statement expressing their “deep distress at the extensive damage to the region” and conveying their sympathies to Prime Minister Naoto and the families … Continue reading

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Albert II and Fiancee in Japan

  November 2, 2010 at 3:19 am by

Prince Albert II of Monaco has brought his bride-to-be, Charlene Wittstock, to the Palace of Tokyo, where she was introduced to the Emperor and Empress of Japan. There aren’t many royals who make Grimaldis seem tall, but Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko certainly do! Their Imperial Majesties stood approximately a head shorter than the Prince and Miss Wittstock, who visited Japan in order to attend the X Conference of the … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito and King Albert II Cancel Engagements

  February 3, 2010 at 10:31 am by

Both Emperor Akihito of Japan and King Albert II of the Belgians have fallen sick and had to cancel some engagements. Yesterday the Imperial Household Agency announced that the emperor’s upcoming engagements have been cancelled for the entire week. The emperor is well enough to sign laws but he cancelled the planned trip to Hayama. On Monday emperor Akihito was still well enough to welcome Mexican president Felipe Calderon and … Continue reading

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Japenese Royals Start the New Year With Cheers

  January 5, 2010 at 9:09 pm by

The Japanese Royal Family marked the new year in several ways. On January 1st the Imperial Household Agency released several family pictures that were taken earlier in December. The pictures show the emperor and the empress, surrounded by their sons Naruhito and Akishino with their families. On saturday the Imperial family appeared at the bullet proof balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, where they were cheered at by a … Continue reading

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Birthday Celebrations for Japanese Royals

  December 2, 2009 at 9:12 am by

Japanese Royals have not one but three causes for celebrations these days – birthdays of Prince Mikasa, Prince Akishino and Princess Aiko. Prince Akishino celebrated his 44th birthday on Monday. To mark it, the IHA released a set of pictures of the Prince with his family. Prince Akishino gave an interview on the occasion of his birthday, where he expressed some interesting views on the Succession Laws as well as … Continue reading

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President Obama visits Japan, meets with Emperor Akihito

  November 14, 2009 at 6:17 pm by

Barack Obama concluded his two-day visit to Japan – the first country he visited on his nine-day Asian tour. Speaking in front 1,500 people in Tokyo Concert Hall, Obama promised an “unshakable” commitment to Asian security and re-affirmed the alliance between Japan and the United States. During his speech, Barack Obama touched some lighter topics as well; he shared with the audiences his memories of a childhood visit to Japan … Continue reading

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20th Anniversary of Emperor Akihito’s Accession to the Throne

  November 13, 2009 at 1:45 pm by

Tens of thousands of well-wishers lined the streets of Tokyo on Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of Emperor Akihito’s accession to the throne. On November 12, 1990 Emperor Akihito performed the Sokuirei (Ceremony of Enthronement), which marked the official beginning of his reign. Parades, concerts and speeches by politicians, dignitaries, businessmen, leading athletes and actors marked the colourful festivities that lasted most of the day. The celebrations started with … Continue reading

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Japan’s Prince Mikasa Suffers Cardiac Arrest

  November 1, 2009 at 4:45 am by

HIH Prince Mikasa, the 93-year-old uncle of HIM Emperor Akihito, was admitted to a Tokyo hospital on Friday October 30th after he suffered a minor cardiac arrest. The Imperial Household Agency (IHA) confirmed the news earlier this weekend. This is the second time in the past eighteen months the Prince has been hospitalised, he was admitted to the same hospital suffering from acute heart failure in June 2008. Prince Mikasa … Continue reading

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Imperial Family Welcomes Guests to Garden Party, Celebrates Anniversaries

  October 23, 2009 at 2:18 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko welcomed 1,699 distinguished guests to their annual Autumn Garden Party at the Akasaka Gyoen garden. Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko, Princess Takamado and Princess Akiko of Mikasa attended the party as well. The guests included actress Mitsuko Mori, astronaut Koichi Wakata and director Yojiro Takita. The Emperor broke the rule of never inquiring about a lady’s age and asked Mitsuko Mori: “You’re almost 90, aren’t you?” … Continue reading

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Empress Michiko’s birthday wish – a nuclear-free world

  October 21, 2009 at 10:05 pm by

On her 75th birthday, Empress Michiko issued a call for the abolition of atomic weapons and expressed hope that one day we’ll all live in a nuclear-free world. The Empress noted: “The horrors of nuclear weapons are not only the magnitude of their destruction but also the serious and tragic effects of radiation that leaves victims suffering long. I think Japan, the country that has been hit by atomic bombs, … Continue reading

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Empress Michiko’s 75th Birthday

  October 19, 2009 at 3:11 pm by

Michiko Shōda was born on October 20, 1934 to Hidesaburo and Fumiko Shōda. She first attended Futaba Elementary School and then Seishin University, which she graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Japanese Literature. Michiko also attended courses at Harvard and Oxford Universities. Her fist encounter with Crown Prince Akihito was quite accidental: the Crown Prince and his friend Kenji Ishizuka played a doubles tennis game against a young French … Continue reading

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Victorious Princess Aiko

  October 18, 2009 at 6:15 pm by

Although she is better known for her love for gardening and pottery, Princess Aiko proved to be a promising sportswomen-in-making yesterday, after helping her team win a relay race. As the last member of her team crossed the finish line well ahead of the others, Aiko and the other members of her team run into the field to celebrate their victory. Aiko was a key factor in the victory: she … Continue reading

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Emperor & Empress at 50th Anniversary of Japanese Ex-Pat Convention

  October 16, 2009 at 6:42 pm by

On October 14, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a gathering in Tokyo to mark the 50th anniversary of a convention for Japanese people living abroad. Some 200 people of Japanese descent from 20 counties attended the assembly. The Emperor stressed the importance of immigrants for helping other countries understand Japan better. He reminded that the history of Japanese emigration had started 141 years ago, when the first Japanese immigrants … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito takes his grandson for a little sea excursion

  September 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko invited Princess Kiko and little Prince Hisahito to join them for a little sea excursion near the Imperial Villa in the town of Hayama, south of Tokyo. The Imperial Family took a small boat they rowed themselves for the excursion; the boat had been used by Emperor Showa for his research of sea creatures. After they returned, the family proudly watched as 3-years-old Prince Hisahito … Continue reading

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Prince Hisahito celebrates his 3rd birthday

  September 7, 2009 at 8:42 am by

Prince Hisahito, the third child and only son of Prince and Princess Akishino, turned three on September 6th. Hisahito is the first male child born to the Imperial Family in 41 years and currently holds third place in line to the Japanese Throne, after his uncle and father. Prince Hisahito has 2 older sisters, 17 years old Princess Mako and 14 years old Princess Kako. Pictures released on occasion of … Continue reading

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