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Empress Masako at Nightingale Medal Ceremony

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Empress Masako at Nightingale Medal Ceremony

Empress Masako presented the Red Cross’s Florence Nightingale Medal to two nurses at a ceremony in Tokyo.

29 individuals from 19 countries received the award this year for their exceptional achievements. Japanese nurses Kikuko Takeshita and Masako Akiyama were among them.

Empress Masako replaced Empress Emerita Michiko as honorary president of the Japanese Red Cross Society in May. It was her first time to attend the ceremony as Empress.