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A New Puppy to Comfort Princess Aiko

  May 6, 2009 at 11:50 am by

Last weekend, on a trip to the imperial ranch outside Tokyo, Princess Aiko, only daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan, happily showed her new puppy, Yuri, to the public. Princess Aiko entered the second grade at Gakushuin Primary School this April. Sometime this year, Mari, one of the two dogs of the crown prince’s family, died. The dogs Mari and Pippi had already been living … Continue reading

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Prince and Princess Akishino to Visit Austria and Bulgaria

  April 30, 2009 at 8:34 am by

On May 10, Prince and Princess Akishino are expected in Austria for a four-day visit. They are scheduled to visit there Klosterneuburg diocese, Vienna’s Schönbrunn Castle, the Neusiedler Lake National Park in the province of Burgenland as well as the Japanese school of Vienna and the capital’s Museum for Natural History. Princess Akishino’s stay in the European country will probably remind the Japanese princess of happy times, as the former … Continue reading

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Was Emperor Hirohito Born Out of Wedlock?

  April 29, 2009 at 12:56 am by

According to the Imperial Household Agency, Prince Yoshihito (who was to become Emperor Taisho afterwards) and Princess Sadako were married in a small ceremony at eight o’clock in the morning on May 10, 1900; at the Imperial Shrine on the palace grounds in Tokyo. Only members of their immediate families attended the rites, and on April 29, 1901; nearly one year after the wedding, their first son, Hirohito, was born. … Continue reading

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No Time For Rest – Emperor Akihito’s Busy Schedule

  April 23, 2009 at 10:24 am by

The Imperial Household Agency disclosed recently that it intends to lessen the burden on Emperor Akihito of Japan by reducing his duties throughout the year. Last December, the emperor was diagnosed with arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, and inflammation in his stomach and duodenum. His condition was said to be caused by stress, and in the following days, several of the emperor’s engagements had to be cancelled, for instance, his annual … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Masako: One Big Step More on the Way Towards Recovery

  April 21, 2009 at 11:48 am by

Last Sunday, Crown Princess Masako of Japan, who has suffered stress-induced illness while struggling to adjust to royal life, made her first public appearance outside of Tokyo in about 15 months. The princess attended the 20th national “Midori no Aigo” green conservation event at the Yokohama Animal Forest Park, along with her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito. After an address of the crown prince on the importance of greenery in attempts … Continue reading

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40th Birthday of Former Princess Nori of Japan

  April 18, 2009 at 3:47 am by

Sayako Kuroda, the former Princess Nori and only daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan, is celebrating her 40th birthday today. As the princess left the Imperial Family and became a commoner on the day of her wedding to Yoshiki Kuroda in November 2005, no official birthday celebrations will be held. In all likeliness, though, the family is going to have a nice birthday party in private as … Continue reading

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Japanese royals attending exhibition

  April 16, 2009 at 12:54 pm by

Numerous events were scheduled to mark the golden wedding anniversary of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan on April 10. There was the evening party, a private family dinner and visits with government officials. People formed a long line in front of the imperial palace on Friday morning to express their congratulations on the occasion of the wedding anniversary by signing their names in well-wishers books. And there was … Continue reading

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Emperor Akihito thoughtfully looking back on fifty years of marriage

  April 11, 2009 at 12:13 pm by

In a press conference on occasion of Emperor Akihito’s and Empress Michiko’s 50th wedding anniversary, the emperor said that while feeling true joy and being deeply appreciative of the congratulations of so many people, he could not help receiving them still “with a heavy heart” because of the severe economic situation in Japan and the world. He remembered that, at the time of his wedding, the country had been rising … Continue reading

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Fifty Years Ago: Imperial Happy Ending

  April 10, 2009 at 1:18 am by

In 1957, twenty-three-year-old Crown Prince Akihito of Japan felt sad and pessimistic. For nearly six years now, the Imperial Household Agency (IHA) had been busy to find him a bride – and prospects were bad. After putting together a list of 860 eligible candidates, young ladies descendant from families of the Japanese former nobility, the IHA had set to work and checked their past and pedigree. But up until now, … Continue reading

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Is Japan’s Monarchy Anti-Democratic?

  March 29, 2009 at 8:50 pm by

“The monarchy is a brake on any hopes of deepening Japanese democracy and making it real. As long as it exists, democracy has quotes around it.” This is the opinion of Herbert Bix who has written a book about Emperor Hirohito that won the Pulitzer-prize. As Bix is an expert concerning the Japanese monarchy, his words are certainly well worth to be taken into careful consideration, disagreeable as their implications … Continue reading

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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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