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Japanese government sets up secretariat to prepare for Imperial succession

Aug 1, 2018

Japanese government sets up secretariat to prepare for Imperial succession

The government established a secretariat Wednesday as it gears up for a string of rituals associated with the Emperor's abdication scheduled for April 2019. The secretariat will be responsible for overseeing the preparation and implementation of a number of events, including Emperor Akihito's abdication ceremony ...

Emperor, Empress cancel summer retreat to Nasu over flood disaster

Jul 13, 2018

Emperor, Empress cancel summer retreat to Nasu over flood disaster

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have cancelled their planned summer retreat north of Tokyo following last weekend's deadly torrential rain in western Japan, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday. The Imperial Couple's routine stay at an Imperial villa in the town of Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, ...