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Japan’s emperor acknowledges ‘virus hardship’ in video message

Emperor Naruhito expressed his “deep respect and gratitude” to doctors and nurses treating Covid-19 patients and offered empathy to those who lost loved ones, lost their jobs or were struggling with loneliness.
In this photo provided by the Imperial Household Agency of Japan, Japan's Emperor Naruhito, center, Empress Masako, left, and their daughter Princess Aiko pose for a photograph during a family photo session for the New Year at their Akasaka Estate residence in Tokyo, on Dec. 21, 2020. (The Imperial Household Agency of Japan via AP)
In this photo provided by the Imperial Household Agency of Japan, Japan's Emperor Naruhito, center, Empress Masako, left, and their daughter Princess Aiko pose for a photograph during a family photo session for the New Year at their Akasaka Estate residence in Tokyo, on Dec. 21, 2020. (The Imperial Household Agency of Japan via AP)
Updated on Jan 01, 2021 08:12 AM IST
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Japan cancels Emperor’s birthday celebrations amid coronavirus fears

This year would have been Emperor Naruhito’s first birthday celebration since he took the throne last year.
Japan's Emperor Naruhito’s public celebration was cancelled as fears of coronavirus grew.(Bloomberg image)
Japan's Emperor Naruhito’s public celebration was cancelled as fears of coronavirus grew.(Bloomberg image)
Updated on Feb 17, 2020 02:04 PM IST
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Japanese emperor to ‘spend night’ with goddess in last major accession rite

The “Daijosai” rite centres on Amaterasu Omikami - the sun goddess from whom conservatives believe the emperor is descended. It is the most overtly religious of the series of rituals marking Naruhito’s taking over after his father Akihito’s abdication.
Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako ride in a car during their royal parade to mark the enthronement of Japanese Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo.(Reuters photo)
Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako ride in a car during their royal parade to mark the enthronement of Japanese Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo.(Reuters photo)
Updated on Nov 14, 2019 06:05 PM IST
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President Ram Nath Kovind attends enthronement ceremony of Japan Emperor

The 30-minute ceremony in the Imperial Palace -- featuring elements of ancient protocol which was immersed in the traditions and glory of a monarchy that claims 2,000 years of history -- was attended by roughly 2,000 guests, including dignitaries from about 190 countries and international organisations.
India's President Ram Nath Kovind arrives at the Imperial Palace to attend the proclamation ceremony of the enthronement of Japan's Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo, Japan.(Reuters Photo)
India's President Ram Nath Kovind arrives at the Imperial Palace to attend the proclamation ceremony of the enthronement of Japan's Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo, Japan.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Oct 22, 2019 05:25 PM IST
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Japan’s Naruhito to proclaim himself emperor at palace rite

Naruhito is the 126th emperor in the world’s oldest hereditary monarchy that historians say goes back 1,500 years.
Japan's Emperor Naruhito attends a ceremony to proclaim his enthronement to the world, called Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP)(AP)
Japan's Emperor Naruhito attends a ceremony to proclaim his enthronement to the world, called Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. (Issei Kato/Pool Photo via AP)(AP)
Updated on Oct 22, 2019 11:14 AM IST
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President Ram Nath Kovind arrives in Japan to attend Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony

Enthronement ceremony of 59-year-old Emperor Naruhito’s ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne marks the high point of succession rituals that began in May and will last through the spring in Japan.
President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita during a visit to the Tsukiji Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Tokyo, Japan.(PTI Photo)
President Ram Nath Kovind and his wife Savita during a visit to the Tsukiji Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Tokyo, Japan.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Oct 21, 2019 09:39 PM IST
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Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito ascends Chrysanthemum Throne

Naruhito officially became emperor at the stroke of midnight but the process was formalised with a brief ritual on Wednesday morning that was off-limits to female royals -- even his wife Masako.
Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito formally ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday.(AFP)
Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito formally ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday.(AFP)
Updated on May 07, 2020 04:12 PM IST
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