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Old 04-25-2019, 03:18 PM
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Old 05-07-2019, 01:31 PM
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On May 7th, Emperor Naruhito attended his first regular day of work at the Imperial Palace. He read and signed documents from the Cabinet.

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Old 05-08-2019, 03:52 PM
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A longer video of Emperor Naruhito's first day at the office on May 7
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Old 05-14-2019, 12:50 AM
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On May 14th, Emperor Naruhito commuted to the Imperial Palace to receive reports from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on domestic and foreign affairs. It's the first briefing between the new emperor and prime minister. They previously met several times as crown prince and PM.

Photos: Sankei, Mainichi

ETA: Abe visits new Emperor to report on state affairs - News - NHK WORLD - English
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[...] Abe is believed to have briefed the Emperor on ongoing preparations for a state visit by US President Donald Trump scheduled from May 25. Trump will be the first foreign leader to meet with Emperor Naruhito.
Japan's new Emperor Naruhito receives 1st briefing from prime minister - Kyodo News+
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The content of the discussions between the emperor, the prime minister and his Cabinet ministers cannot be disclosed in accordance with an unwritten rule under a practice called "naiso."

Abe is believed to have explained spring decorations to be conferred by the emperor, according to sources close to the matter.

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Old 05-16-2019, 02:59 AM
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On May 16th, Emperor Naruhito received the credentials of new ambassadors to Japan from Luxembourg and Brunei at the Imperial Palace.

Before becoming emperor, he received credentials 17 times for 34 countries as a substitute during the Showa and Heisei eras.

Photos: Sankei, Asahi

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Old 05-21-2019, 04:40 AM
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On May 20th, Emperor Naruhito planted rice seedlings at the Imperial Palace.

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Emperor's first rice planting ceremony - News - NHK WORLD - English
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Japanese Emperor Naruhito transplanted rice seedlings in a paddy at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Monday.

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Wearing a turquoise long-sleeved shirt, gray trousers and boots, the Emperor entered the paddy and transplanted 100 seedlings.

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Emperor Conducts 1st Rice Planting since Enthronement | Nippon.com
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The Emperor planted the "Mangetsumochi" glutinous rice variety and "Nihomasari," a nonglutinous brand. The seedlings were grown from unhulled rice seeds planted by the Emperor Emeritus last month, before his abdication on April 30.
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:49 AM
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There's some very nice symbolism there: the new emperor transplanting the seedlings started by the previous emperor.
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Old 05-23-2019, 04:26 AM
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On May 23rd, Emperor Naruhito conferred orders at the Imperial Palace. The 12 recipients included:
* Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers to former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Itsuro Terada
* Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun to former Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah
* Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun to former Financial Services Minister Shizuka Kamei

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Emperor Naruhito Awards Medals for 1st Time | Nippon.com
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New Japanese Emperor Naruhito conferred decorations on 12 people, including two foreigners, in the first spring medal ceremony in the Reiwa era held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday.

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"I am deeply grateful for your many years of hard work serving the country, society and the people," the Emperor told the recipients.
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:02 AM
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Emperor Naruhito of Japan on Wednesday received the credentials of Ambassador Lina Annab, as an extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Jordan to Japan.

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Emperor Naruhito received Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Akasaka Imperial Palace in Tokyo today, July 2:



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Olympics: Emperor Naruhito to assume role as Tokyo 2020 Honorary Patron - Kyodo News+
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Emperor Naruhito will assume the role of Honorary Patron of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Imperial Household Agency announced Monday.

The honor was formally requested by Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori, and submitted to the Imperial Household Agency through Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this month.

The emperor will officially assume the role on Wednesday, exactly one year before the Olympics begin in the Japanese capital next summer.

"We are deeply grateful to His Majesty the Emperor for assuming the role of Honorary Patron of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, an event that will bring together the world's top athletes and showcase their technique and power," Mori said in a press release.

"The games will also provide a great opportunity to deepen the friendship and solidarity between people all over the world and for us reflect on the preciousness of peace."

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Emperor Naruhito's grandfather then Emperor Hirohito was appointed Honorary Patron of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, while his father, then crown prince, assumed the role for that year's Paralympics.

For the 1998 Nagano Games, then Emperor Akihito served as Honorary Patron of the Olympics, while his son took the post for the Paralympics as the crown prince.

By unifying the honorary roles for the 2020 Games, organizers are aiming to keep the Paralympics on the same level with the Olympics.

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Mori also said he hopes the emperor's assumption of the honorary role will help promote the organizer's theme of a "Reconstruction Olympics" showcasing Japan's recovery from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disasters that devastated the northeastern part of the country.

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Is there a risk that the emperor's acceptance of the role could be viewed, fairly or not, as political, since only three Olympics have had the (then) emperor serving in this role? I think the ballooning bill for the Olympics has been an issue in some local elections.
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I am not sure why it would be perceived political. His refusal to become honorary patron might be considered more political than the other way around given that the last Olympics in Japan also had the emperor as honorary patron.

If the overview above is correct out of 4 Olympics (1964, 1972, 1998, 2020) 3 of them will have had the emperor as honorary patron. Only 1972 didn't.
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I am not sure why it would be perceived political. His refusal to become honorary patron might be considered more political than the other way around given that the last Olympics in Japan also had the emperor as honorary patron.

If the overview above is correct out of 4 Olympics (1964, 1972, 1998, 2020) 3 of them will have had the emperor as honorary patron. Only 1972 didn't.
My apologies. I read and replied too quickly and failed to see that the honorary role was always specifically connected to hosting the Olympic games in Japan rather than the Japanese delegation's participation in every Olympics.
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On August 1st, Emperor Naruhito formally opened the 199th extraordinary session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo.

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Emperor gives first Diet speech since accession | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News
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[...] The Emperor said he hopes that the Diet, as the highest organ of state power, will fulfill its duties in dealing with issues at home and abroad, and live up to the people's expectations.

He basically used the same words as his father, Emperor Emeritus Akihito.

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In 2003, the then Crown Prince attended the opening ceremony of an ordinary Diet session on behalf of his father, who was in hospital for prostate cancer surgery.
New emperor opens Japan’s Diet, now wheelchair accessible (AP)
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Emperor Naruhito delivered his first opening speech to Japan’s Diet on Thursday after recent elections and a renovation at the upper house to improve its accessibility for two new lawmakers who use wheelchairs.

Naruhito rose from a chair decorated with gold and a chrysanthemum emblem and declared to lawmakers from both houses gathered at the upper house assembly hall: “I earnestly hope that the Diet, as it handles various domestic and overseas issues, will sufficiently carry out its responsibility as the highest institution of sovereignty and respond to the people’s trust.” [...]
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I still have to get used to seeing him performing that task..


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On September 11th, Emperor Naruhito attended the attestation ceremony for new ministers following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet reshuffle.

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Emperor Naruhito received Kosovo's President Hashim Thaçi today, September 13:


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Emperor Naruhito Conducts 1st Rice Harvest since Ascension | Nippon.com
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Japanese Emperor Naruhito on Thursday conducted his first rice harvest at the Imperial Palace since he assumed the throne on May 1.

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Wearing a long-sleeved shirt, navy pants and boots, Emperor Naruhito harvested rice he planted in the paddy field near a biology laboratory at the palace in May. He cut a total of 100 plants of the "Mangetsumochi" glutinous rice variety and "Nihonmasari," a nonglutinous brand, with a new sickle.

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Rice from the paddy is normally used in the "Niinamesai" first harvest celebration ceremony, an annual ritual at the palace. This year, the ceremony is replaced by "Daijosai," the first Niinamesai performed by a new emperor. Rice from Tochigi Prefecture, eastern Japan, and the western prefecture of Kyoto will be used for the Daijosai ritual by Emperor Naruhito, set for Nov. 14-15.
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On October 4th, Emperor Naruhito formally opened the 200th extraordinary Diet session at the National Diet Building in Chiyoda, Tokyo.

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