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Old 04-25-2019, 03:06 PM
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Crown Prince & Crown Princess Akishino Current Events Part 1: May 2019 -

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On May 11th, Crown Princess Kiko attended a PTA meeting at Ochanomizu University Junior High School in Bunkyo, Tokyo. The school apologized to the parents for the security breach and explained security measures ahead of classes resuming on the 13th.

To recap: On April 26th, a 56 year old man posed as a plumber, entered the school for 20 minutes intending to stab Prince Hisahito. However the class was outside so the intruder left a "pitchfork" contraption of 2 fruit knives taped to a pole on the prince's desk.

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On May 13th, Crown Princess Kiko and Princess Kako attended a charity dinner for Save the Children's 100th anniversary at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo. Japan's branch of the UK-based NGO sponsored the event and the princesses viewed a display before the dinner.

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On May 17th, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko arrived in Tottori Prefecture for a 2-day visit to attend the 30th Greenery Conservation ceremony on the 18th.

Naruhito and Masako attended the ceremony as crown prince and princess. This duty has been transferred to Crown Prince Akishino.

ETA: Later on May 17th, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko visited a blind school where they attended a musical performance and watched a floor volleyball match between visually impaired students and local junior high school students. They also visited the Tottori Sand Dunes visitor center.

Photos: AP Images (updated)
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On May 18th, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko attended the 30th National Greenery Conservation ceremony at the Tottori Prefectural Gymnasium in Tottori City. They also planted Callery pear trees (a specialty of Tottori Prefecture) after the ceremony and met participants.

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Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko with Princesses Mako and Kako attended a concert by the MAV Budapest Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall in Tokyo today, May 21:


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ANN video. The concert celebrates 150 years of diplomatic relations between Hungary and Japan.
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Crown Prince Akishino visited the Tohoku University Botanical Gardens in Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture, northwestern Japan today, May 23:



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On May 25th, Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, and Prince Hisahito visited Fukiage Sento Imperial Palace to have lunch with Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko.

Source: Yomiuri

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Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko will officially visit Poland and Finland June 27 - July 6 to celebrate 100th anniversaries of diplomatic relations with Japan.

Although Emperor Naruhito travelled on government planes as crown prince for official visits, the Akishino couple will continue to fly on civilian planes. They depart from Haneda airport on June 27, arrive in Poland the same day local time, and will pay a courtesy call on the President of Poland on the 28th.

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Old 05-28-2019, 08:34 AM
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Crown Prince Akishino attended the general meeting of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums in Nagoya and visited the DENSO Takatana Plant in Anjo, Aichi Prefecture, today, May 28:


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Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince and Princess Akishino of Japan will visit Finland from 2 to 5 July 2019. President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö and Mrs Jenni Haukio will meet the Crown Prince Couple on Wednesday 3 July at Kultaranta, the President’s summer residence.
The visit is related to the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan. More details of the visit will be provided closer to the date.
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Crown Princess Kiko attended a ceremony of the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association in Tokyo today, May 29:


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And Crown Prince Akishino visited the Nagoya Public Aquarium in Nagaya, Aichi Prefecture today:


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Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko with Princesses Mako and Kako attended a concert by the MAV Budapest Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall in Tokyo today, May 21:


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The sisters come across as very comfortable in each other's company.


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Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko will officially visit Poland and Finland June 27 - July 6 to celebrate 100th anniversaries of diplomatic relations with Japan.

Although Emperor Naruhito travelled on government planes as crown prince for official visits, the Akishino couple will continue to fly on civilian planes. They depart from Haneda airport on June 27, arrive in Poland the same day local time, and will pay a courtesy call on the President of Poland on the 28th.

Source: Kyodo
A curious difference. Perhaps the Akishinos chose to continue a practice they are familiar with? Or is it another signal intended to mark the Akishinos' status as not completely equal to Naruhito's and Masako's status in the last reign? Or does Prince Akishino again wish to send a message about his interest in reducing costs?
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Probably continue what the Akishino family is familiar with. They will also continue travel in regular train cars instead of reserving train cars like Emperor Akihito and Crown Prince Naruhito.

On June 2nd, Crown Princess Kiko and Princess Mako attended a special Noh performance celebrating the emperor's ascension by "Daiken Festival's Entertainment" at the Yokohama Noh Theater in Kanagawa Prefecture.

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In 2019, the new Emperor is throne. At the Yokohama Noh Theater, we will hold a special project "Daiken Festival's Entertainment" for 2 days, gathering royal family songs and biblical songs from classical performing arts.
On the 1st day, the Emperor performs with only two songs, "Nakijin no Sakura" and "Singing voice Hikaru", composed of lyrics of the songs written in the form of Ryukyu, and only performing the dance from the Ryukyu dance . From young people to veterans including "Human National Treasures", we will be presenting a group of people representing Ryukyu classical performing arts.
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On June 5th, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko visited the "Rut Bryk: Touch of a butterfly" exhibition at Tokyo Station Gallery. The exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Finland.

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An exhibition is presenting an in-depth look into the extensive career of Rut Bryk (1916–1999) who was one of the central figures in Finnish post-war art and design. With her works that convey incredible powerful emotion and intense sensitivity, she was a reformer of modern ceramic art. [...]

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Probably continue what the Akishino family is familiar with. They will also continue travel in regular train cars instead of reserving train cars like Emperor Akihito and Crown Prince Naruhito.

Maybe it is to reduce costs. As currently there is the retired emperor and empress, the current emperor and empress. It is thought that one of the reasons for abduction was to increase the budget/security/ status of the Akishino family who is raising a future emperor. maybe they want to to reciprocate the favor for his parents.
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Maybe it is to reduce costs. As currently there is the retired emperor and empress, the current emperor and empress. It is thought that one of the reasons for abduction was to increase the budget/security/ status of the Akishino family who is raising a future emperor. maybe they want to to reciprocate the favor for his parents.
I hadn't thought of this, but it is quite believable with the Akishinos being given a higher profile after they produced a son and Prince Hisahito's status apparently being a sensitive topic (as the Japanese media seem to steer away from clearly discussing his future as an Emperor, even though the public is aware that there is no doubt Hisahito will ascend the throne one day). The crown prince and princess do appear to be on close terms to the emperor emeritus and empress emerita.
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I don't believe the Japanese media are avoiding Prince Hisahito's future. He's clearly identified as 2nd in succession.

NHK reports Crown Prince Akishino, Crown Princess Kiko, and Prince Hisahito may visit Bhutan privately in late August for about 10 days during Prince Hisahito's summer vacation.

Agenda considerations include visiting to Thimphu, meeting Bhutan's royal family, spending time in nature, and Crown Prince Akishino's biology research. If approved, it will be the Prince Hisahito's first overseas trip and earlier than his uncle's and father's first overseas experiences. Both Emperor Naruhito and Crown Prince Akishino travelled abroad in their 3rd year of junior high. Emperor Naruhito had a homestay in Australia for 15 days, Crown Prince Akishino spent 14 days in New Zealand.

ETA: Japan's Prince Hisahito to make 1st overseas trip to Bhutan with parents - Kyodo News+
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Japan's Prince Hisahito is expected to travel to Bhutan in August with his parents Crown Prince Fumihito and Crown Princess Kiko, in what would be the 12-year-old's first overseas trip, sources close to the matter said Tuesday. [...]
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Crown Princess Kiko held a speech at the Health Professional Meeting in Tokyo today, June 13:


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