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Tuesday, 25 July, 2000, 11:07 GMT 12:07 UK
In pictures: Japan's imperial funeral
Empress Nagako
Empress Nagako, who died aged 97, saw Japan rise, fall, and rise again
Mourners outside Imperial Palace
About 1,000 mourners gathered near the Imperial Palace to mourn

Hearse carrying the late Empress Dowager Nagako
Emperor Akihito accompanies the hearse to the funeral at the Toshimagaoka cemetery in Tokyo

Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori and his wife Chieko bow  before  the main altar
Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori and his wife Chieko bow before the main altar at the Shinto funeral

Japanese Emperor Akihito [L] and Empress Michiko at the funeral hall
Japanese Emperor Akihito [L] and Empress Michiko remember the Empress

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori [C], wife Chieko [R] Thai Princess Sirindhorn [L]
The funeral was attended by 1,000 people including representatives from 120 countries

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