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Old 11-04-2014, 07:27 AM
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The Imperial Household Agency is not hundreds of years old. In 1947 the independent Imperial Household Ministry was abolished and replaced by the Imperial Household Agency. It is a government agency tasked to support the Emperor and the Imperial Family. Positions within the agency are not hereditary. It has little autonomy and is answerable directly to the Japanese Cabinet:
As a result of the Central Government Reform which took effect on 6 January 2001 the Imperial Household Agency has been placed under the Cabinet Office. The Agency is headed by the Grand Steward and he is assisted by the Vice-Grand Steward. The main organization of the Agency comprises the Grand Steward's Secretariat, Board of the Chamberlains, Crown Prince's Household, Board of the Ceremonies, Archives and Mausolea Department, Maintenance and Works Department and Kyoto Office.
If anyone has control over the Imperial Family it is the Prime Minister, not the Grand Steward.

The book by Ben Hills is heavy on opinion and rumour, and light on objectivity and facts. I'm afraid, SElisabeth, that you have not provided one iota of evidence to back up your melodramatic observations. Strip away some of the emotive, heart wrenching language and you might get a little closer to the truth.

Finally, Princess Akishino does not have to do a thing to get "that crown on her son's head"; it will be his in due course because that is the law. What some may call talking the talk can just as easily be called doing her duty. It is not Princess Akishino’s fault that her husband’s sister-in-law is unwell.
The IHA was established in the 8th century and it was called the Imperial Household Ministry. I went to Wikipedia to look up the information before I commented. I don't pretend to know everything and will always say that I know very little as I believe in learning something new each day......so go to Wikipedia and change it if you don't like what they wrote there...
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Old 11-04-2014, 01:17 PM
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This may only be a rumor, but I have heard that, after the birth of Hisahito, some politician suggested to Prince Akishino that a second son would be welcome, for insurance purposes, and the prince refused rather sharply.
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Old 11-04-2014, 03:00 PM
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This may only be a rumor, but I have heard that, after the birth of Hisahito, some politician suggested to Prince Akishino that a second son would be welcome, for insurance purposes, and the prince refused rather sharply.
I wish there was some way we could verify this, because I would be very happy indeed if it were true.
We have no way of knowing whether the Akishinos planned to have another child for themselves or for the future of the Imperial Line, or whether it was purely something that happened by chance without any planning at all. Whatever it was, Prince Akishino's response to such a question would have been the right one.
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Old 11-04-2014, 05:31 PM
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I also read the same about the IHA wanting a second son, this just goes to show that this culture has a very high opinion and regard for the male species and that women are just to be used for that purpose. This is a very backwards culture and attitude towards women in today's day and age, sad that it still goes on not just in Japan but in many parts of the world today that women are viewed as worthless unless they produce a male child.
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I also read the same about the IHA wanting a second son, this just goes to show that this culture has a very high opinion and regard for the male species and that women are just to be used for that purpose. This is a very backwards culture and attitude towards women in today's day and age, sad that it still goes on not just in Japan but in many parts of the world today that women are viewed as worthless unless they produce a male child.

I wonder if this attitude is truly limited to what you refer to as a backwards culture.
I'm not so sure it isn't also an undercurrent in our own Western culture; it simply isn't admitted for PC reasons.

(I recall reading that Princess Diana felt unwanted by her parents, because they were hoping for a son and hadn't even considered a name for a daughter).
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I think there is still an undercurrent in society in general that men/male species is more highly regarded then women. Even though women have risen to higher standards in the world, men in general still show lots of disrespect for women. When I see women dress today showing everything, they are showing that is the only way to get the attention of the opposite sex and that is all they are good for.....not big on self respect, self esteem, or confidence in who you are as a woman.......getting off topic and so sorry I got carried a way on this.........this is a huge sore spot for me in today's society.
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Old 11-25-2014, 03:49 AM
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Princess Kiko attended the finger language skill contest in Tottori on November 23:


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Prince Akishino celebrated his 49th birthday yesterday, November 30. Last week he and Princess Kiko attended a press conference on the occasion of his birthday and some new family pics were released.



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Princess Kiko and Princess Kako attended a ceremony to praise mothers bringing up hearing-impaired children at Kensei Kinenkan Hall in Tokyo on December 8.



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Princess Kiko attended the opening ceremony of the new Aiiku Hospital in Tokyo on January 21. She had given birth to Prince Hisahito at the old hospital.



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Princess Kiko and Princess Kako visited the Japan Quilt Grand Prix exhibition at Tokyo Dome City on January 22:



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Princess Kiko and Princess Kako attended a Kyogen performed in sign language at the National Noh Theatre in Tokyo yesterday, February 1st:


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Thanks for the updates!
It is nice to see Princess Kako training for future solo engagements.
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Yesterday, February 28, Prince Akishino and Princess Kako visited the Ohara Museum of Art in Kurashiki, Okayama.



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On February 26 Princess Kiko was in Fukuoka to attend the 66th Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association General Assembly.


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Prince Akishino and Princess Kako visited an exhibition by Daniel Ost in Kurashiki, Okayama on March 1.


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Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko together with Laos Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong attended a dinner to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Japan-Laos diplomatic relations at the Laos embassy in Tokyo today, March 5:



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People in Tokyo marked 70 years since the city was devastated by a massive US air raid during World War II today, March 10. Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko attended a memorial service in Tokyo.



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Princess Kiko and Princess Kako watched the movie 'Kaze-ni-Tatsu-Lion' in Tokyo on March 23, 2015.



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Today, April 6, Prince Akishino visited the area in Hiroshima Prefecture that was hit by mudslides in August 2014, 74 people were killed back then.



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Is thier a cultural reason the Royal ladies virtually always stick to white or creme clothing?
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