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Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko are expected to join other members of the imperial family in greeting New Year’s well-wishers, sources at the Imperial Household Agency said Tuesday.

If the couple attends the event, at which Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will offer greetings at the Imperial Palace on Jan. 2, it would be their first public appearance together with the emperor and empress since the imperial succession earlier this year.

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