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Imperial Household Agency says new emperor’s ascension on Jan. 1 would be “difficult”

  • January 18, 2017
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo
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All papers reported on remarks made by Vice Grand Steward Nishimura at a news conference on Tuesday, during which he stated that it would be “difficult” for Crown Prince Naruhito to begin his reign as the new emperor on Jan. 1, 2019, as has been recently reported by Japanese media, because Jan. 1 is an important day for the imperial family due to key events held every year on New Year’s Day. The senior Imperial Household Agency official added, however, that this is the view of the agency, not Emperor Akihito.

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