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Abdication of Emperor Akihito

On 30th April, the Ceremony of the Abdication of HM Empero Akihito at the Seiden (State Hall) was held.
Upon abdication, HM Emperor Akihito becomes Emperor Emeritus and HM Empress Michiko becomes Empress Emerita.

Addresses by His Majesty the Emperor

Text from Imperial Household Agency

Today, I am concluding my duties as the Emperor.

I would like to offer my deep gratitude to the words just spoken by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on behalf of the people of Japan.

Since ascending the throne 30 years ago, I have performed my duties as the Emperor with a deep sense of trust in and respect for the people, and I consider myself most fortunate to have been able to do so. I sincerely thank the people who accepted and supported me in my role as the symbol of the State.

I sincerely wish, together with the Empress, that the Reiwa era, which begins tomorrow, will be a stable and fruitful one, and I pray, with all my heart, for peace and happiness for all the people in Japan and around the world.

Photo from Mainichi

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The 30th Anniversary of Emperor Akihito’s Accession to the Throne Part 1

On 24th February, the ceremonies to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of HM Emperor Akihito’s Accession to the Throne.

HM Emperor Akihito ascend the throne on 7th January 1989 due to the death of Emperor Showa.

On the morning, the members of Imperial Family gathered at Imperial Palace to celebrate Their Majesties.

Photo from Asahi1 and 2

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Crown Prince Naruhito turns 59

On 23rd February, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito marked the 59th birthday.

On 21st February, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito attended the Press Conference on the occasion of his birthday took place at Crown Prince Residence.

Crown Prince Naruhito turns 59

Text from NHK WORLD

Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito marks his 59th birthday on Saturday. He will ascend to the throne on May 1st, one day after his father, Emperor Akihito, abdicates.

The Crown Prince held a news conference ahead of his birthday at his residence in central Tokyo. He said that he feels solemnity when thinking of the path he will soon be embarking upon, but said he will continue to improve himself with the deeds of previous Emperors in mind.

The Crown Prince added that as the symbol of the state, he will carry out his duties as Emperor by trying to keep the Japanese people in his heart, while praying for them and feeling sadness with them when there are times of sorrow, as the current Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko have always done.

The Crown Prince also touched on water conservation issues that he has long been involved with.

He says he will pray for the stability and continuous growth of people’s everyday lives while drawing on the knowledge he has acquired by focusing on the importance of disaster prevention and damage mitigation.

The Crown Prince also referred to Crown Princess Masako who has been recuperating from an illness. He said he believes his wife will continue to make efforts each and every day to aim for a full recovery.

He also added that it might not be possible for her to quickly acquire the strength to carry out all of her duties as Empress.

Emperor Akihito’s abdication will end the current “Heisei” era under Japan’s traditional calendar.

When reporters asked the Crown Prince what he thought of the “Heisei” era, he replied that during the current era Japanese have earned a worthy international reputation, and made many achievements on the global stage.

He said that he is particularly happy to see an increasing number of young Japanese, including teenagers, stand out.

He thinks Japan, a country that has enjoyed more than seven decades of peace following the war, now provides a platform for younger generations to cherish their dreams and unleash their talents as future leaders.

Imperial Household Agency released the photos of HIH Crown Prince Naruhito experienced the Guide running of the blind track and field athlete, Ms. Misato Michishita last year.

Photo from Asahi

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Book Reports Contest

On 8th February, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako attended the commendation ceremony of the 64th National Contest of Book Reports for Youth took place in Tokyo.

Photo from Sankei

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Remembering Emperor Showa

On 7th January, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko attended the memorial service for commemorating the 30th anniversary of the death of Emperor Showa (Emperor Hirohito) (1901-1989) took place at the Mausoleum of Emperor Showa in Tokyo. The other members of Imperial Family also attended the Ceremony.

On that day, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako attended the ritual for commemorating the 30th anniversary of the death of Emperor Showa at Imperial Palace Sanctuaries.

Photo from Asahi and Sankei

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Final New Year’s Greeting

On 2nd January, HM Emperor Akihito and the other members of Imperial Family appeared 7 times at People’s Greeting of New Year at Imperial Palace. About 154,800 people gathered at Imperial Palace and it is the largest number of the visitors during the reign of HM Emperor Akihito (1989-). It became the last time for HM Emperor Akihito to attend the People’s Greeting before his abdication on 30th April.

At the first appearance on that day, all adult members except HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa appeared at the balcony of Imperial Palace.

Photo from Sankei

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New Year’s Celebration

On 1st January, the Imperial Family greeted the New Year.

On that day, the Ceremony to Celebrate the New Year took place at Imperial Palace.

It is the ceremony that Their Majesties Emperor and Empress receive greetings from the other members of Imperial Family; the Speaker and Vice-Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President and Vice-President of the House of Councillors; Diet members; the Prime Minister; Ministers of State; the Chief Justice and Justices of the Supreme Court; other government officials with Imperial attestation; Administrative Vice-Ministers of Ministries and Agencies and other leading figures of legislative, executive and judicial organs; prefectural governors and chairpersons of prefectural assemblies; and heads of diplomatic missions to Japan and their spouses. This ceremony is considered a state event.

Photo from Asahi1, 2 and Sankei

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Celebration of Emperor’s Birthday

On 23rd December, the several ceremonies to celebrate the birthday of HM Emperor Akihito took place at Imperial Palace.

Public Greeting

Luncheon

Tea Party with the ambassadors

At the evening, the grandchildren of HM Emperor Akihito also visited Imperial Palace to celebrate the Emperor’s Birthday.

Photo from Sankei

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Supporting PTA

On 21st November, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako attended the ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of National Congress of Parents and Teachers Association of Japan took place in Tokyo.

Photo from Jiji and Fukui Shimbun

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National Tree Growing Festival

On 17th November, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Crown Princess Masako attended the 42nd National Tree Growing Festival took place at Sea Forest in Tokyo.

On 18th November, Their Imperial Highnesses attended the main ceremony of the festival took place in Tokyo.

Photo from Asahi1 and 2

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