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Empress dowager's memorial tablet moved to shrine in palace.

TOKYO, June 18 Kyodo

A ceremony was held Monday morning to mark the transfer of a memorial tablet which signifies the spirit of the late Empress Dowager Nagako to a shrine in the Imperial Palace dedicated to the imperial ancestors, the Imperial Household Agency said.

The ''reidai'' was transferred to the shrine from the Fukiage Omiya Palace within the Imperial Palace grounds in Tokyo, where the empress dowager lived, according to agency officials.

Some 500 palace guards and agency members witnessed the tablet's ceremonial progress through the palace grounds, the officials said.

In the ceremony, Emperor Akihito paid his respects and gave an address in remembrance of the empress dowager. Empress Michiko and Crown Prince Naruhito later also paid their respects.

The empress dowager, posthumously known as Empress Kojun, died in June last year at the age of 97.
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Date:Jun 23, 2001
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