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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Youth Speech Contest

On 11th November, HIH Princess Kako of Akishino attended the 40th National Youth Speech Contest took place in Tokyo.

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Celebration of Her Majesty’s Birthday

On 20th October, the members of Imperial Family gathered at Imperial Palace to celebrate the 84th Birthday of HM Empress Michiko.

At the evening, the private dinner was held at Imperial Residence. HIH Princess Aiko, HIH Prince Hisahito of Akishino and Ms Sayako Kuroda also attended the dinner.

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Tottori Visit of Princess Kako

From 6th October to 7th October, HIH Princess Kako of Akishino visited Tottori Prefecture to attend the 5th National Sign Language Performance Championships for Senior High School Students.

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Prince Hisahito turns 12

On 6th September, HIH Prince Hisahito turned 12 years old.

[NEWS] Prince Hisahito, set to be 2nd in line to throne, turns 12

Text from The Mainichi

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Prince Hisahito, Emperor Akihito’s grandson and soon-to-be second in line to the Chrysanthemum throne following the abdication of the emperor next spring, turned 12 on Thursday.
After the 84-year-old emperor abdicates next April 30, his eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the throne the following day, and his brother Prince Fumihito — the only other member of his generation in the Japanese imperial family — will become first in line to succeed him.
Prince Hisahito, so far the only male of his generation, will then become second in line.
Imperial House Law states that only males with male lineal descent from emperors can ascend the throne.
Prince Hisahito is currently a sixth-grade student at Ochanomizu University Elementary School in Tokyo and keen on learning about the history of war.
On Aug. 10, Prince Hisahito and his mother Princess Kiko visited a cenotaph for the atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima, devastated by a U.S. nuclear bomb on Aug. 6, 1945.
After visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the prince talked with an 80-year-old female atomic bomb survivor and wrote a report on what he learned for his homework.
The prince often enjoys playing “hand baseball,” a baseball game without a bat, with his friends after school. He is also interested in studying kanji, as the Chinese characters used in writing Japanese are called.
The imperial family is discussing his education after graduating from elementary school next March. Princess Mako and Princess Kako, the two elder sisters of Prince Hisahito, both have studied abroad.

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International Olympiad in Informatics

On 2nd September, HIH Princess Kako of Akishino attended the opening ceremony of the 30th International Olympiad in Informatics took place in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture.

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