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Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko attend party for 3,000th broadcast of Imperial Family TV program

Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko inspect a camera used for filming the wedding ceremony of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, at a hotel in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on July 31, 2018. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- A party to commemorate the upcoming 3,000th broadcast of the "Imperial Family Album" TV program was held with the attendance of Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko at a hotel here on July 31.

The 15-minute weekly program portrays recent activities of Imperial Family members, and is aired by Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS) based in Osaka and the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) network, with the cooperation of Mainichi Productions. The program started in 1959, when Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko married, and will mark its 3,000th broadcast this month.

At the party venue, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko examined an exhibition of equipment used to produce the program, including old cameras and sound recorders, and graphic panels outlining the program's contents.

Following a toast led by Mainichi Newspapers Group Holdings President Yutaka Asahina, a video looking back at the program's history was shown to participants. The prince smiled as he watched footage of himself when he was a little boy.

(Japanese original by Kazuo Okubo, City News Department)

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