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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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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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Remembering Prince Mikasa

On 27th October, the ritual to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the death of late Prince Mikasa (1915-2016) took place at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo.
HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa and the other members of Imperial Family attended the ritual.

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Remembering Prince Katsura

On 8th June, the memorial service for late Prince Yoshihito of Katsura (1948-2014) was held at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery.

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Pacemaker Replacement

On 8th May, HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa had an operation to replace her cardiac pacemaker at St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo. HIH Princess Yuriko is 94 years old.

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New Year’s Greeting

On 2nd January, HM Emperor Akihito and the other members of Imperial Family appeared 5 times at People’s Greeting of New Year at Imperial Palace. About 126,720 people gathered at Imperial Palace and it is the largest number of the visitors during the reign of HM Emperor Akihito (1989-).

HIH Crown Princess Masako

HIH Princess Mako

HIH Princess Mako, HIH Princess Yuriko, HIH Princess Nobuko, HIH Princess Akiko

HIH Princess Yuriko stood up from her wheelchair

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Remembering Prince Mikasa

On 5th December, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited the grave of late Prince Mikasa (1915-2016) at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo.

HIH Princess Yuriko and HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa welcomed Their Majesties at the grave.

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Remembering late Prince Takamado

On 21st November, the memorial service for late Prince Norihito of Takamado (1954-2002) was held at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo.

HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado

HIH Princess Hisako, HIH Princess Tsuguko and HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado, HIH Princess Yuriko, HIH Princess Akiko and HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa

HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa

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Remembering Prince Katsura

On 8th June, the members of Imperial Family attended the memorial service to commemorate the 3rd anniversary of the death of late Prince Katsura took place at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery.

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Remembering Prince Tomohito

On 6th June, the members of Imperial Family attended the memorial service to commemorate the 5th anniversary of late Prince Tomohito of Mikasa took place at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo.

HIH Princess Yuriko of Mikasa

Ms Sayako Kuroda (L) and Ms Noriko Senge (R)

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