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Old 11-27-2011, 06:16 PM
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TIH the Prince and Princess Akishino praying for the Emperor's health at Meiji shrine.

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Old 11-27-2011, 07:17 PM
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Kiko seems to wear white quite frequently. She looks lovely.

Does she attend many events on her own?
In photographs, she mostly seems in company with her husband or other family members.
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Old 11-28-2011, 01:00 AM
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...Does she attend many events on her own?
In photographs, she mostly seems in company with her husband or other family members.
The Princess has a lot of solo engagements.
You can find it out youself if you read this thread for a few minutes, for example here, here, here and here.
The Princess Kiko has honorary positions:
  • Patroness of the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association
  • President of the Imperial Gift Foundation Boshi-Aiiku-kai
  • Honorary Vice-President of the Japanese Red Cross Society
  • Honorary Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Since she is princess by marriage, she accompanies her husband during his engagements often. Just like Princess of Asturias. It makes sense.
The official page of the Prince and the Princess Akishino
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Old 11-29-2011, 01:49 AM
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HIH the Prince Akishino's birthday is on November 30th.
I understand that there are no new official photos for Prince and his family this year.
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Prince Akishino turns 46, gives press conference

Prince Akishino, the younger son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, was present at a news conference he held together with his wife, Princess Kiko, 45, ahead of his birthday.
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Looking back on events in the last year, including the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, Prince Akishino said his father was particularly busy with official duties.
The prince noted the need for the Imperial Household Agency and doctors to cooperate and be flexible to reduce the heavy burden on his father, who was discharged from the University of Tokyo Hospital last Thursday.
On recent reports that the government is looking into the possibility of allowing women to retain their Imperial status and set up a new royal family after marriage, the prince said it is up to the Diet to discuss systemic reform, but reiterated his call for listening to him and his elder brother in the course of the discussions. - Full article


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Old 11-30-2011, 08:52 AM
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Pics of the Akishino family, taken on occasion of Prince Akishino´s birthday (daylife)
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Does not Prince Akishino look quite funny with those glasses?
Princess Kako is imo as pretty as her mother was at her age. pic I am so glad about that. Shortly after Hisahito´s birth I found her looking rather like some sort of "ugly duckling", especially in those grown-up dresses and with that horrible haircut (imo). (pic1, pic2) I was so sorry for her at the time. Having been such a very cute child and with such a beautiful mother (pic1, pic2) she should have been entitled to good looks. Well, obviously and luckily it seems to have been only a passing stage that most teenagers go through. It is such a pleasure to look at her now!

English articles covering the birthday news conference

Japan prince urges retirement age for emperor


Japan prince calls for imperial retirement age

Japan Prince Akishino wants emperor 'age limit' debate

Japan prince calls for imperial retirement age

Prince Fumihito, growing presence in imperial family, turns 46
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Another pic of the news conference, article at sponichi
Another article in english (with lots of comments):
Prince Akishino says there needs to be discussion on retirement age for emperor

I agree with warnerbro when he says:
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There's no need for a retirement age. The emperor's father was doing fine at 77. What is needed is a mechanism for abdication. Before the Meiji period, when State Shinto made the emperor into a god, it was very common for emperors to abdicate after only a few years.
People age differently. Some get Alzheimers at 60, others are still as lively as their grandchildren (or even more...) when they are 88. The emperor should have the possibility to abdicate if he wants to. (Although I doubt that he wants. Already some years ago, the crown prince said that he was indeed worried because of his father´s huge workload but that, according to his perception, the emperor cherished his imperial duties and would not take kindly to being "freed" of them.)
However, I am strictly against a law that would compell the emperor to step down at a certain age, if he wants it or not.

Mainichi article on the news conference:
Prince Akishino notes need to debate age limit for emperor
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HIH the Princess Akishino Kiko at the National Olympic committee event in Tokyo today.

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HIH the Princess Kiko during the luncheon with the Costarican president on December 8th, 2011.

**Pic** - Fuji TV screencapture

Like her kimono's colour and pattern.
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HIH the Princess Kiko during the luncheon with the Costarican president on December 8th, 2011.

**Pic** - Fuji TV screencapture

Like her kimono's colour and pattern.
I like it too, very delicate.
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HIH the Prince Akishino on behalf of the Emperor Akihito has performed the purification ceremony at the Imperial mausoleum in Hachioji shrine, Tokyo.
The ceremony was held to commemorate the Emperor Showa who died January 7th, 1989.
TM the Emperor and the Empress were not present due to their health.
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TIH the Prince and the Princess Akishino attended the 52nd National Convention for Safe Road Traffic in Tokyo on January 17th, 2012.
PM Noda awarded prizes to the winners of best family campain for safe traffic.

**Pic 1** **Pic 2** **Pic 3** - Asahi

The prince Akishino's speech - video netTV
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HIH the Princess Akishino attended the opening of 11th Tokyo International Great Quilt festival at Tokyo Dome on January 20th, 2012 on behalf of HM the Empress Michiko.
The Princess liked the quilt dedicated to the restoration of Japan after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

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Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko and Princess Kako attended a preview of a Japanese film in Tokyo on January 25, 2012.



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Princess Kiko looked lovely as usual.
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HIH the Prince Akishino is attending the 56th Shimonoseki aquaria conference on February 2-4, 2012. The scientists discuss the new fish breeding results at Shimonoseki City Hall, Yamaguchi pref.
The Prince Akishino is the President of national Ichthyology association. - Source
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HIH the Prince Akishino representing the Emperor during the annual ceremony at the Ichimonji shinto shrine in Kyoto on January 30th, 2012.

**Pic 1** **Pic 2** - sankei

The shrine is famous for its' ancient koyamaki trees (Japanese umbrella-pines). The koyamaki was chosen by the Imperial family as little Prince Hisahito's personal chrest.
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HIH the Princess Akishino attending the largest in Japan Flower Design Exhibition in Yokohama on February 25th, 2012.

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Thanks for the photo!
It would be safe to say that Princess Kiko enjoyed undertaking this engagement and saw amazing flower arrangements.
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TIH the Prince & the Princess Akishino visiting HM the Emperor two days after the surgery at the Tokyo University hospital

The Princely couple looked relaxed and answered the questions about HM's health with happy smiles.
It was the second visit of prince Akishino to the hospital, the first one was alongside with the Crown Prince a few hours after the monarch's surgery.
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