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Old 07-14-2016, 04:22 AM
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I've created an extra thread for the news reports and discussion about the possible abdication of Emperor Akihito, all posts have been moved to this thread.
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Old 07-14-2016, 11:50 PM
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In the afternoon of July 14th, the Emperor and Empress left Hayama Imperial Villa in Kanagawa Prefecture. About 100 people gathered to watch the departure and residents near the villa spoke to the media about the possible abdication reports.

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Old 07-15-2016, 05:28 PM
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The Emperor and Empress will rest at Nasu Imperial Villa in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture from July 25 to 28. The couple rests at Nasu in July every year.

Source: Mainichi
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Old 07-16-2016, 07:37 PM
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The Emperor and Empress will rest a few days longer in late August this year. The IHA is seeking a balance of rest and public service duties for the aging couple. Their retreat schedule has been:
  • 2-4 times at the Hayama Imperial Villa, Kanazawa Prefecture in winter and spring
  • Once in July at Nasu Imperial Villa, Tochigi Prefecture
  • Additional annual trips to Nagano Prefecture Karuizawa and Gunma Prefecture, Kusatsu-machi in late August since 2008
In previous years, the pace of service was unchanged even in August and the couple returned home 3 times last year for audiences and events.

Source: yomiuri.co.jp
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Old 07-19-2016, 01:13 AM
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On July 18th, the Emperor and Empress had lunch with the President of Palau at the Imperial Palace.

Photos at: Sankei
https://imperialfamilyjapan.wordpres...nt-of-palau-2/

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Old 07-21-2016, 12:45 AM
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On July 20th, Empress Michiko visited the "International Library of Children’s Literature" exhibit at the National Diet Library in Ueno, Tokyo. The exhibit has translations of 300 pieces since the 1970s.

Photo: Asahi, Yomiuri

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Old 07-25-2016, 01:59 AM
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On July 25th, the Emperor and Empress arrived at Nasushiobara Station in Tochigi Prefecture to rest at Nasu Imperial Villa until the 28th. They will also visit a farm on the 26th.

Photos at: Asahi, Mainichi, Getty Images

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Old 07-26-2016, 12:51 AM
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On July 26th, the Emperor and Empress visited a dairy farm in Nasu. Yuji Majima guided the Imperial couple through the cow house, facilities, and feed field. The farm has about 200 cattle and the facilities have less partitions, allowing the cows to move more.

Photo and info: Asahi, Mainichi

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Old 07-31-2016, 08:28 PM
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On July 31st, the Empress attended a concert by Korean tenor Bae Jae Chul. The tenor lost his voice due to thyroid cancer in 2005. He returned to the stage in 2008 after vocal cord surgery and extensive rehabilitation. The Empress sat next to St. Luke’s International University’s Honorary Chairman HinoGen Shigeaki.

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Old 08-01-2016, 08:26 AM
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Impressive to hear what the tenor had to go through...thanks a lot for adding that, Prisma!

Today, August 1, Emperor Akihito opened the extraordinary Diet session at the National Diet in Tokyo:


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On 3rd August, HM Emperor Akihito attended the Attestation Ceremony for the new ministers of The Third Abe Reshuffled Cabinet took place at Imperial Palace.
Source: https://imperialfamilyjapan.wordpres...led-cabinet-2/
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More attestation ceremonies...
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On 5th August, HM Emperor Akihito attended the attestation ceremony for the new vice ministers of The Third Abe Reshuffled Cabinet took place at Imperial Palace.
From: https://imperialfamilyjapan.wordpres...n-ceremony-ii/

IHA reported Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko held a moment of silence at the Imperial Palace on the anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

Source: https://twitter.com/shimaykkkt/statu...15677824552960
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Thanks for the updates!

Emperor Akihito swore Ms Inada Tomomi in as the defense minster. She is the first female to occupy this post. Is Mr Taro Aso, Princess Nobuko's elder brother, still the finance minister?
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Yes, Mr. Taro Aso remains the finance minister. Actually, Ms. Inada Tomomi is the second woman to be appointed Minister of Defense. Yuriko Koike (now first woman Governor of Tokyo) was appointed to the defense post in 2007 but resigned a month later. Ms. Inada is seen as Abe's successor as Prime Minister.

More about Inada Tomomi (Yikes ):
Japan's new defence minister ducks questions on war aggression, Nanjing massacre, East Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times
Abe Protégé With Nationalist Views Is Japan’s New Defense Minister - WSJ
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Ms Inada is viewed as Prime Minister Abe's successor ..? That is news to me. I thought Ms Inada is a token female in the cabinet. Ms Inada comes across as a determined person. It is remains to be seen if she is tough enough to deal with the military top brass.

On a different note ... it is nice to know that Japanese ladies can reach high positions in civil service. I do hope Prime Minister Abe will succeed in jump-starting the Japanese economy.
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Yes, it's news to me too. I'm not familiar with Japanese politics but it was mentioned in another article.
Indeed it's great more women are in higher positions and I bet Prime Minister Abe would rather focus on the economy than the abdication...
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Old 08-07-2016, 01:10 AM
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It's news to me as well. I visited Japan several times in the 80s and early 90s. At that time it was very much a man's world. I had no idea women were gaining such high positions. It's great to see.
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Mr. Aso is also the deputy prime minister.

There are several speculative contenders to succeed Mr. Abe, including Ms. Inada, whom Mr. Abe called "an extremely promising candidate for prime minister".

Picks fuel speculation over Abe's successor / Competition between 3 rivals may be intended - The Japan News

Three out of the 19 members of the Cabinet are women, and women make up 9.5% of the House of Representatives: "According to a survey conducted by the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union last year, the Japanese lower house's ratio of women to men comes in at an abysmal 154th out of 190 countries worldwide, making Japan the poorest performer among the G-7 states in terms of gender equality."

Editorial: Proposal to boost ratio of female lawmakers worth serious consideration - The Mainichi
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On August 9th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko held a moment of silence at the Imperial Palace for the anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bombing.
That afternoon, Empress Michiko visited Princess Hanako who was discharged from the hospital on the 7th. The princess had hip replacement surgery.

Source: page 1 of Sankei Imperial weekly 8/13
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On 10th August, HM Emperor Akihito attended the Ceremony of the Presentation of Credentials of Republic of Korea and United Republic of Tanzania took place at Imperial Palace.
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On August 15th, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended the national memorial service for the 71st anniversary of the end of WWII.
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Emperor Akihito on Monday expressed “deep remorse” over World War II during the annual commemoration service at Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, marking 71 years since the end of the war.

The Emperor’s speech contrasted with the more ambiguous phrasing used by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

In his speech, Abe pledged that “we shall never again repeat the horrors of war” and underscored that Japan has not waged war for more than seven decades.

But Abe stopped short of mentioning Japan’s wartime aggression overseas and omitted any mention of “remorse.”
Rest of article: Emperor expresses 'deep remorse' for war on 71st anniversary of surrender; Abe does not | The Japan Times

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