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Old 05-18-2005, 06:29 PM
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Japan's Princess Sayako to wed in November

Princess Sayako, the only daughter of Japan's emperor and empress, will get married in November, palace officials said Wednesday.

Sayako, 36, was engaged in March to 40-year-old city hall employee Yoshiki Kuroda.

Their wedding will take place at Tokyo's Imperial Hotel on Nov. 15, according to the Imperial Household Agency, which would not release other details.

The couple will wed in a Shinto ceremony in the presence of the emperor and the empress, said Japan's public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News agency.

Japanese had long been speculating about when Sayako, the last of the imperial couple's three children to remain single, would marry.

The couple announced their engagement in December following a discreet two-year courtship. Sayako and Kuroda knew each other as children and were reunited at a palace tennis party organized by Sayako's brother, Prince Akishino.

The law dictates that Sayako, as a woman born in the imperial family, will become a commoner after she marries, moving out of the palace and losing her royal title.

Shinto is Japan's native religion.

Source: AP (18-05-2005)
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Ceremony of Imperial Conferment of Decoration held on May 19, 2005.
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Some official family photos

1-2.Jan 1, 1994
3. Jan 1, 1995.
4. Jan 1, 1999.
5. Jan 1, 1992.
6. Jan 1, 1960
7-8. Jan 5, 1961.
9. Dec 31, 1971.
10. Jan 13, 1975.
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More photos of Princess Kiko of Akishino

1-3 Wedding on June 29, 1990.
4-5 Birth of Princess Kako in Dec 1994.
6 Birthday photo of Prince Akishino in Nov. 2004
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The Emperor and Empress visiting a childcare kindergarten facility in Tokyo on May 23, 2005.
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Prime Minister visiting Japan

Mon 23 May 05, 17:36 RSI
Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda flew to Japan and South Korea on Sunday with the aim of broadening bilateral relations. His goal is to present Slovakia as a country undergoing reform, but a trustworthy partner for economic and business cooperation. While in Japan, Mikulas Dzurinda is scheduled to meet Japanese Emperor Akihito as well as Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Slovakia has been posting a passive balance in foreign trade with both Japan and South Korea. Dzurinda's visit will focus on improving trade with both countries.
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Portuguese president to visit


Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 07:12 JST
TOKYO — Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio will visit Japan for the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi Prefecture next week and hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, officials of the Portuguese Embassy in Tokyo said Monday.

Sampaio is also scheduled to meet with Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and Crown Prince Naruhito, and give a presentation on the Portuguese language at a university in Kyoto, the officials said. (Kyodo News)
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1+2.The Emperor with President Bill Clinton in 1994
3+4.Their Imperial Majesties with Princess Diana in February 1995
5.South African President Nelson Mandela (L) is greeted by Japanese Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko at the Akasaka(R) at the state guest house 04 July in Tokyo. Mandela is on an eight-day state visit in Japan.
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Pictures from their State Visit to Great Britain in May 1998:
1+2+3 Welcoming Ceremony
4,5,6. Banquet at the Guildhall with Lord Major and the Duchess of Gloucester
7.In Wales with the Prince of Wales
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South Korean President's State Visit to Japan June 2003:
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Slovakia's Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda (L) shakes hands with Japanese Emperor Akihito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo May 24, 2005.
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The Emperor and Empress visits the Empress' old home site (the home she lived before her marriage to the Crown Prince) which is now turned into a garden for visitiors to visit on May 24, 2005.
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Princess Kiko visits Masterpieces of the Museum Island, Berlin-Visions of the Divine in the Sanctuary of Art exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum at Ueno Park on May 24, 2005.
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Picture of the garden at the Empress' old home site situated in the Shinagawa area in Tokyo.
Here is a site with more pics of the garden
http://www15.ocn.ne.jp/~iiohaka/nemunoki.htm
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Picture of Michiko Shoda leaving her home on her wedding day on April 10, 1959. Other pics are her with her family at her home on November 17, 1958 and the home outside years after.
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Pics of the Empress' old home
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Japan's Empress Michiko (L) feeds mulberry leaves to silkworms, while the sericulture center chief Yoshisuke Sato helps her, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo May 25, 2005. Some of the silk produced by the silkworms will be used to restore ancient textile materials of historical value.
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A set of photos of the Imperial couple visiting Nara from May 27 to 29 in 2002.
Photo 7-9: Visiting the Kazusa DNA Research Institute on May 17, 2003.
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