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Tough Empress Michiko Obliged To Surrender at Last

  March 28, 2009 at 4:55 pm by

As the Imperial Household Agency revealed on Tuesday, already in early February of this year Empress Michiko of Japan sustained a ligament injury in her left knee when she fell while playing tennis at the Imperial Palace. Although she admits that from that moment the knee has never stopped hurting she did not see a doctor about it until last Monday. Empress Michiko has been living through tough times for … Continue reading

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Crown Prince and Family in Nagano for Vacation

  March 26, 2009 at 11:46 pm by

Crown Prince Naruhito, his wife Crown Princess Masako and their daughter Princess Aiko arrived on March 24 at JR Nagano Station. They will stay at a hotel in northern Nagano Prefecture for several days to enjoy skiing.

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Emperor Akihito’s tuberculosis battle

  March 20, 2009 at 1:15 pm by

At an event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association in Tokyo on Wednesday, Emperor Akihito of Japan revealed that he had, in his youth, been battling for four years with tuberculosis. Akihito said he was diagnosed with the infectious illness in December 1953, just days before his 20th birthday. After taking new medicines, such as streptomycin and hydrazide, he finally recovered in September 1957. The fact that … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Naruhito Gives Keynote Address to Water Forum

  March 17, 2009 at 12:55 pm by

At the opening of the 5th World Water Forum (WWF) on Monday in Istanbul, Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito said in his keynote speech that he hopes the international community will increase its efforts to tackle the issue of global warming as it is closely related to water-related issues in the world. The prince especially stressed the significance of a free and open discussion of global water issues. Government ministers from … Continue reading

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Emperor To Visit Canada and Hawaii in the Summer

  March 13, 2009 at 1:59 am by

13 Feb 09. It was announced today that Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will carry out a two-week official tour of Canada and Hawaii in July. The trip is intended to foster international cooperation and friendship. After arriving in Ottawa on 3 July, the Emperor and Empress will begin their official tour on 6 July, covering Toronto, Victoria, and Vancouver. On 14 July the imperial couple will fly to Hawaii, … Continue reading

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Imperial Couple and Commoners to Celebrate their Wedding Anniversary Together

  March 7, 2009 at 5:44 pm by

According to their concept of an imperial family that “lives with the people, sharing their joys and sorrows”, Empress Akihito and Empress Michiko are going to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in April together with a hundred Japanese commoner couples who mark their golden wedding anniversary this year. There is certainly good reason for the imperial couple to celebrate this day as it marks their success in making the very … Continue reading

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Princess Masako at last Coming Back to her Former Self

  March 5, 2009 at 3:23 pm by

As already reported in this blog, Crown Princess Masako of Japan made on Tuesday her first solo public appearance outside the palace walls in three years. And the good news is that this seems to be part of a series: the Princess this year played a full part in the traditional New Year greetings at the palace in central Tokyo. Last autumn, she made her first public appearance after 5 … Continue reading

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Continuing on Their Course toward Reconciliation between Japan and other Nations: Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko To Visit Pearl Harbour

  March 3, 2009 at 12:02 pm by

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko may visit Pearl Harbor, the scene of Japan’s surprise attack that ushered in the Pacific War, next July, following a visit to Canada. Such an event would symbolize the postwar reconciliation between Japan and the United States as no sitting Japanese prime minister has, to the present day, gone to Pearl Harbor. If this should come to pass it would be one important step more … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Masako Attends First Solo Public Visit In Three Years

  March 3, 2009 at 4:43 am by

Crown Princess Masako visited an exhibition of devices invented by housewives at a Tokyo department store. Masako listened as her attendant explained the purpose of the items, ranging from a butter knife to a device that help disabled people write. Although the Crown Princess has attended several public duties with her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, this was her first solo public function since 2006. Her appearance at the New Year … Continue reading

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A True Fighter Will Never Give Up: Emperor Akihito of Japan and His Sense of Duty

  February 26, 2009 at 6:31 pm by

The Imperial Household Agency disclosed last month that it intends to lessen the burden on Emperor Akihito of Japan by reducing his duties throughout the year. There is apparently good reason in this measure: 75-year-old Akihito is shouldering a workload that surpasses that of his father, Emperor Showa, in considerable measure. Emperor Showa, at age 74, met foreign dignitaries and ambassadors on 75 occasions in one year, his son did … Continue reading

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Prince Naruhito Refuses To Comment on Internal Family Matters to the Press

  February 23, 2009 at 8:47 pm by

Crown Prince Naruhito, the next heir to the Chrysanthemum throne, is celebrating his 49th birthday today. On this occasion he has given a news conference last Friday in his Tokyo residence. The Crown Prince expressed his concern for his overworked father´s burden and promised to do all he could to help alleviating it. Concerning his ailing wife, Crown Princess Masako, the Prince said that he does not expect her to … Continue reading

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Wisdom from Ancient Tradition and the 21st Century’s Vitality to be Unified: the Difficult Mission of Japan’s Heir

  February 23, 2009 at 10:46 am by

The life of Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, who is celebrating his 49th birthday today; has, right from the beginning, been formed by extremes. His birth, only 9 months after his parents’ wedding on April 10, 1959 (see video) had of course been welcomed by a huge wave of national joy and pride: “It is a boy!” But this warm reception would not guarantee the new baby an easy life, … Continue reading

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Empress Michiko of Japan Receives Hillary Clinton for tea

  February 18, 2009 at 1:35 am by

As part of an Asian tour that will also take her to Indonesia, South Korea and China, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is presently visiting Japan. She arrived on Feb. 17, 2009 at the imperial palace in Tokyo. Empress Michiko of Japan was giving a tea party for her and welcomed Ms Clinton with cordiality. The aquaintance of the two ladies dates already back to 1996 when Hillary Clinton … Continue reading

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Little Princess Aiko of Japan Smiles at her Father’s Return

  February 18, 2009 at 1:08 am by

15 February 2009: With happy faces Crown Princess Masako of Japan and her daughter Aiko welcomed their husband and father Naruhito back home from his trip to Vietnam. On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties between the countries, the heir to the Japanese throne visited Hanoi, Hue, Quang Nam, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City and Tien Giang. While in Ho Chi Minh City, Prince … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Naruhito inspects classes at Japanese school in Vietnam

  February 16, 2009 at 1:56 am by

During his state visit to Vietnam, Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan visited a Japanese school in Ho Chi Minh City.The Crown Prince inspected an English conversation lesson for second-year elementary school children and an integrated studies class for first-year junior high school students on Friday. The friendly contact between the Vietnam and Japan is no matter of course: in 1991, the two countries re-established diplomatic relations. Before that date, Japan … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Naruhito in Vietnam Alone

  February 12, 2009 at 1:47 pm by

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan is presently visiting Vietnam. He left Tokyo on the 9th February and will stay in Vietnam until the 15th. The prince is going to attend welcoming ceremonies and meet with top officials in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi before heading down to the ancient capital of Hue, the southern business center of Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong River. The heir to the Japanese … Continue reading

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Japan’s Crown Prince on Week-Long Visit to Vietnam

  February 11, 2009 at 5:04 am by

Crown Prince Naruhito is currently embarking on the first visit of a member of Japan’s Imperial Family to the communist nation of Vietnam. The Prince arrived on February 9, and will spend a week in the country. The trip marks the 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Japan and Vietnam. On his first official day, February 10; Naruhito met with Vietnam’s Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan at the Presidential Palace … Continue reading

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New Year’s Waka Poetry Reading Ceremony

  January 17, 2009 at 12:16 am by

On 15 January the annual New Year’s waka poetry reading ceremony (utakai hajime) took place at the Imperial Palace in the presence of Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, and other members of the Imperial family. Although Crown Princess Masako, who has been suffering from adjustment disorder, submitted a poem, she did not attend. Waka is an ancient form of poetry. The poems have five lines consisting of 31 … Continue reading

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