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Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko on Thursday moved out of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, their home since 1993, in a first step toward swapping residences with the current emperor and his family.

The couple will first stay at the Hayama Imperial Villa in Kanagawa Prefecture. They will later move to the Imperial Stock Farm in Tochigi Prefecture, while their belongings are moved to the Takanawa Imperial Residence — their temporary residence in Tokyo from March 31.

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