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Old 10-11-2019, 08:21 AM
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Emperor Naruhito received Princess Anne at the Akasaka Imperial Residence in Tokyo today, October 11:



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Princess Anne's husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence also attended the tea. Japanese media TBS reported Empress Masako greeted the guests inside.

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Old 10-26-2019, 04:33 AM
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On October 25th, Emperor Naruhito attended the attestation ceremony of Hiroshi Kajiyama as Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry at the Imperial Palace.

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Old 11-01-2019, 01:47 AM
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On October 31st, Emperor Naruhito attended the attestation ceremony of Masako Mori as Minister of Justice at the Imperial Palace's Take-no-Ma (audience room).

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Old 11-03-2019, 03:30 PM
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On November 3rd, Emperor Naruhito attended the conferment ceremony for Order of Culture recipients at the Imperial Palace.

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Order of Culture Conferred on Nobelist Yoshino, Others | Nippon.com
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[...] At the ceremony in the Imperial Palace, the Emperor handed the badge of the order to Yoshino, 71, who shared this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry with foreign researchers, and five other people.

The other five were Japanese "kyogen" traditional farcical play actor Nomura Man, 89, mathematical engineering scholar Shunichi Amari, 83, immunologist Shimon Sakaguchi, 68, political scientist Takeshi Sasaki, 77, and photographer Takeyoshi Tanuma, 90. [...]

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Old 11-07-2019, 12:10 AM
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On November 7th, Emperor Naruhito conferred orders at the Imperial Palace.

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Old 11-21-2019, 01:24 AM
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On November 8th, Emperor Naruhito received Professor Stuart Pimm, winner of the 2019 International Cosmos Award, at Akasaka Imperial Palace.

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Old 11-25-2019, 12:58 AM
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On November 25th, Emperor Naruhito received Pope Francis for an audience at the Imperial Palace.

Some visits between the Pope and Imperial family:
1965: Prince and Princess Hitachi meet Pope Paul VI at the Vatican
1981: Pope John Paul II visited Japan and was received by Emperor Showa
1984: Then-Prince Hiro (Naruhito) met Pope John Paul II at the Vatican during his study abroad in the UK
1993: Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met Pope John Paul II at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy
2016: Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko visited Pope Francis at the Vatican during an official visit to Italy

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ETA: Pope Francis meets with Japan’s Emperor Naruhito - Vatican News
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The private meeting at the Imperial Palace lasted around 30 minutes.

Pope Francis gave Emperor Naruhito a mosaic of the “View of the Arch of Titus”, based on a watercolor painting by the Roman artist Filippo Anivitti (1876-1955).

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Old 11-27-2019, 08:13 PM
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On November 25th, Emperor Naruhito received Pope Francis for an audience at the Imperial Palace.

Some visits between the Pope and Imperial family:
1965: Prince and Princess Hitachi meet Pope Paul VI at the Vatican
1981: Pope John Paul II visited Japan and was received by Emperor Showa
1984: Then-Prince Hiro (Naruhito) met Pope John Paul II at the Vatican during his study abroad in the UK
1993: Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met Pope John Paul II at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy
2016: Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko visited Pope Francis at the Vatican during an official visit to Italy
Very interesting! That seems like a higher number of visits than might be expected for a country whose Christian population is only around 1% (and not all of them Catholic).

I wondered if Princess Nobuko, being raised Catholic (does she still practice the religion?) would meet the pope, but apparently not.
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Old 12-07-2019, 11:42 AM
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Me too! Last September Princess Nobuko visited St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican during a private trip to Italy but nothing about meeting the Pope. [Sankei Imperial Weekly #557]

On December 7th, Emperor Naruhito attended the Japanese Alpine Club’s annual dinner at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

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Old 12-16-2019, 04:00 AM
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Emperor Naruhito and Princess Aiko will attend a charity screening of "In This Corner (and Other Corners) of the World" on December 18th. The film is the extended version of the hit 2016 animated film "In This Corner of the World."

Source: Asahi

Will this be their first father-daughter event? I remember Masako took Aiko to an art exhibition when she was a baby but don't remember any official events of just Naruhito and Aiko.
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Old 12-16-2019, 08:18 AM
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I don't remember any other father-daughter engagements either, so I'm really looking forward to this one!
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On December 17th, Emperor Naruhito attended presentation of credential ceremonies for new foreign ambassadors to Japan.

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Also on December 17th, Emperor Naruhito attended the certification ceremony of Yasuhiko Nishimura (64) as new Grand Steward of the Imperial Household Agency. In addition to supporting the activities of the Imperial couple, Nishimura's first big assignment will be Crown Prince Akishino's investiture ceremony "Rikkoshi-Senmei-no-gi" in April 2020.

Grand Steward Shinichiro Yamamoto (69) retired the same day.

ETA: Ex-police bureaucrat Yasuhiko Nishimura promoted to imperial household chief | The Japan Times
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[...] Nishimura, 64, has replaced Shinichiro Yamamoto, 69, as grand steward following a series of ceremonies and rites relating to Emperor Naruhito’s ascension to the chrysanthemum throne that finished in early December.

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Nishimura joined the National Police Agency after graduating from the University of Tokyo. He was also chief of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. He became vice-grand steward of the imperial household in September 2016.

Kenji Ikeda, 58, a former senior bureaucrat at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, will take over Nishimura’s previous role.
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Old 12-25-2019, 11:58 PM
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On December 24th, Emperor Naruhito received Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand for tea at Akasaka Imperial Palace.

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On January 20th, Emperor Naruhito opened the 201st ordinary Diet session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo.

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Schedule for Emperor Naruhito's birthday general public greetings on February 23

Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, Crown Prince Akishino couple, Princess Mako, and Princess Kako will appear on the balcony at 10:20am, 11am and 11:40am

Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko will not attend. Visitors can sign a congratulatory book from 12:30pm to 3:30pm in front of the IHA bulding.

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Schedule for Emperor Naruhito's birthday general public greetings on February 23

Emperor Naruhito, Empress Masako, Crown Prince Akishino couple, Princess Mako, and Princess Kako will appear on the balcony at 10:20am, 11am and 11:40am

Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko will not attend. Visitors can sign a congratulatory book from 12:30pm to 3:30pm in front of the IHA bulding.

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Thanks! I wondered if the Akishino family would be included for Naruhito's birthday greetings, but I suppose the balcony would have looked too "lonely" with only the imperial couple.
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Emperor Naruhito's birthday greeting cancelled | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News
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Japan's Imperial Household Agency has canceled Emperor Naruhito's greetings to the public on his birthday on February 23 due to the new coronavirus outbreak.

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He was scheduled to appear three times on the balcony of the Imperial Palace with Empress Masako along with other members of the Imperial family.

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Emperor's birthday event canceled due to coronavirus outbreak - Kyodo News
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"We made the decision to cancel the public event at the palace, which is attended every year by many people in close proximity, after considering the risk of the virus spreading," Kenji Ikeda, vice grand steward of the agency, said at a press conference.

It marks the first time the public event, including the signing of the visitors' register in the afternoon, has been canceled due to public health concerns.

The emperor's birthday address was last canceled in 1996 according to the wishes of then Emperor Akihito due to the hostage crisis at the Japanese Embassy in Peru.

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Private celebrations hosted by the imperial family and executive government officials, including a banquet at the palace with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in attendance, and a tea party inviting dignitaries from foreign diplomatic missions in Japan, will go ahead as planned.

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Emperor Naruhito's 60th birthday press conference was held on February 21st.

Press conference and birthday schedule for February 23rd. (Google translation)

Emperor Emeritus Akihito is recovering from a cold. 4pm greetings at Fukiage Sento Imperial Palace was cancelled and the retired Imperial couple did not attend the 7pm family dinner at Akasaka Imperial Palace. [Jiji]

Japan's emperor thanks public for support, pledges to serve symbolic role - Kyodo News
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Emperor Naruhito, on the occasion of his 60th birthday on Sunday, thanked the people for supporting him since he ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne last year and reiterated his determination to fulfill his symbolic role, while expressing sympathy for those affected by the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

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"One of the most memorable moments in the last 10 months was being given heartfelt congratulations by many people," he said in thanking them at a press conference held in Tokyo on Friday ahead of his birthday.

"My path as the symbol of the state and the unity of its people has just begun," he said, adding, "I want to work harder toward fulfilling my responsibility as the symbol by training, always thinking about the people and standing by them."

He also said he keeps in mind the path his parents have walked.

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Regarding his family, the emperor said both he and Empress Masako, 56, were happy she was able to complete all the ceremonies and rituals accompanying his enthronement last year.

But he also said he hopes the empress, who is still recovering from a stress-induced illness, will not overwork herself, saying, "She tends to remain tired for a while after a large ceremony or successive duties."

He also talked about his daughter Princess Aiko graduating from Gakushuin Girls' Senior High School this spring to proceed to study at the Department of Japanese Language and Literature of Gakushuin University's Faculty of Letters.

"I hope she will find what she wants to do and find a balance between (her goals) and duties as an adult member of the imperial household," he said.

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With the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games approaching, the emperor said he wishes they will serve as an occasion for "young people to deepen their understanding of people around the world and feel the preciousness of peace" and for people overseas to learn about Japan.

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Japan Emperor Naruhito's 60th birthday overshadowed by virus fears - The Mainichi
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[...] "As we face concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, I offer my sympathy to the patients and their families," Naruhito told reporters at a new conference held ahead of his birthday. "I hope that the escalation of the infections will be contained as soon as possible." [...]
60th birthday video and photos were taken on February 12th. Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako are discussing a book about water issues.

Photos: Imperial Household Agency, Asahi, Asahi 2

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