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Princess Ayako married commoner Kei Moriya on Monday at a traditional ceremony at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine, to become the latest female royal to leave Japan’s imperial family.

Princess Ayako gives up royal status to marry commoner

Princess Ayako married commoner Kei Moriya on Monday at a traditional ceremony at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine, to become the latest female royal to leave Japan’s imperial family.

Record crowds celebrate with Japan’s Emperor Akihito on birthday

A record crowd of 45,900 people jammed Japan’s Imperial Palace on Saturday to celebrate the 84th birthday of Emperor Akihito, who will abdicate in April 2018.

Japan’s Emperor Akihito abdication set for March 2019

Japan's Emperor Akihito will step down on March 31, 2019, a report said Friday, the first imperial retirement in more than two centuries.

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