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The top domestic news stories of 2017

Dec 26, 2017

The top domestic news stories of 2017

The Japan Times newsroom selected the following domestic news stories as the most important of 2017. Blast threat: An intermediate-range ballistic missile test is conducted by North Korea on May 14. | KNS / VIA KYODO 1. The tension builds: North Korea launched a spate of ...

Princess Mako's wedding ceremony to be held on Nov. 4, 2018

Nov 22, 2017

Princess Mako's wedding ceremony to be held on Nov. 4, 2018

The Imperial Household Agency said Wednesday the wedding ceremony of Princess Mako, eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, and Kei Komuro, her classmate from university, will be held Nov. 4 next year. The ceremony will take place at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, with the Emperor ...

Prince Hisahito, third in line to throne, turns 11

Sep 6, 2017

Prince Hisahito, third in line to throne, turns 11

Prince Hisahito, Emperor Akihito's grandson who is third in line to the Imperial throne, turned 11 on Wednesday. His birthday came days after the announcement that his elder sister, Princess Mako, will marry her longtime boyfriend, Kei Komuro. The prince has already met Komuro, 25, ...

Classmates and teachers describe Princess Mako as dependable

Sep 3, 2017

Classmates and teachers describe Princess Mako as dependable

People who were close to Princess Mako during her school days describe the 25-year-old bride-to-be as a lively, dependable woman. "I was very delighted to hear the happy news," a 25-year-old former classmate of Princess Mako at Gakushuin Girls' Senior High School in Tokyo said. ...