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Old 02-16-2007, 07:01 AM
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Given the official Royal Statement, I don't think its approved but does the Royal Family have the legal status to have it actually banned?
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Old 02-16-2007, 09:57 AM
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Japan publisher cancels plan to print princess book

Japan publisher cancels plan to print princess book. 16/02/2007. ABC News Online
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Old 02-17-2007, 03:12 AM
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Well, someone said boo and thus it was undone.

It reads as if they're nickpicking over original errors (which have since been corrected in new printings) and demanding no printing because the author won't apologise for them.

Ahhh, royal pride.
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Old 02-17-2007, 03:19 AM
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It's sad this book publishing was cancelled in Japan. Even if book has some errors, I think people in Japan might be interested in it.
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Old 02-17-2007, 04:43 AM
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It will probably becoming one of the hot underground reads over there.

I shouldn't be surprised at it getting an eventual printing in some form.
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Old 02-17-2007, 01:43 PM
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If Japanese people who can read English are interested in the book, I assume they'll be able to order it from Amazon in the USA or the UK.

I wonder how the Queen feels about the power of the imperial family and their top advisers to put the brakes on publication of something they don't happen to approve of. Must be quite jealous, considering what's been going on in the British press for the last couple of decades.
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Old 02-17-2007, 04:04 PM
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I have to wonder how Princess Masako feels about this book and whether it will make things worse.
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Old 02-17-2007, 04:31 PM
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After many people read this book, without a doubt Masako could actually gain some leverage. Never underestimate the power of the people; I imagine that the Imperial Family would come under more scrutiny and by default, the IHA. It might actually cause the public to challenge the IHA and demand more tranparency in the way that the Royal Family conducts its business and lives its life. Even if the Japanese don't care, (which I believe they do) there is a world out there that will want to know why such outrages are allowed to occur.
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Old 02-17-2007, 09:23 PM
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Masako author slams Japan publisher
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Old 02-18-2007, 09:39 AM
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If you live in the UK you can buy the book from AbeBooks: New Books, Secondhand Books, Rare Books, Out-of-Print Books

Or amazon - Amazon.co.uk: princess masako: Books Its in hardback for £11.98

I'm waiting for the paperback to come out - i cannot wait to read it.
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Old 02-20-2007, 06:57 AM
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Author says attempts to ban Japan royal book have backfired

The Australian author of a controversial book about Japan's royal family acknowledged that Tokyo's attempts to censor his work had backfired spectacularly and made it more popular than Harry Potter.
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Old 02-20-2007, 07:53 AM
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Sad thing is, the lesson will not be learned.

Any new book that is unauthorized by the Japanese Royal Family will always have an attempt to crush it---which will automatically result in its popularity.

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I just got the book and I can't wait to start it!
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Old 02-21-2007, 12:55 PM
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Dear Buggs, and Members,

Do let the rest of us know how the thing is. I think that letter from the Grand Chamberlain or what ever-does sound like Gilbert and Sullivan, now doesn't it??-was hilarious. "What do you mean that his Imperial Majesty has never visited a leper colony???" How dare you. He has visited NINE and here are the dates. And of course he is significant. Here is what he has done."

In the meantime the brutality and sheer stupidity of the arrogant recta running the Imperial Household is of course hidden behind these attempts to "protect" the Emperor, never mind the poor princess or her husband in his humiliated helplessnes. What has been done to the poor princess and quite probably prevented a situation where she would bear more children is not even mentioned. What they are really trying to protect is the IHA or as we say in vulgar US OF A, CYA. Cheers.
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Old 02-21-2007, 01:39 PM
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I sometimes wonder if this could be considered a Human Rights violation.
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Old 02-22-2007, 11:47 AM
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Author cashes in on Japanese royalty from Guardian Unlimited: News blog
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*His unforgiving treatment of the royal household and the ensuing furore have made Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne the best-selling foreign-language book on Amazon Japan.
Hills said the imperial household agency's complaints had backfired by giving his book "a billion dollars worth of free publicity".
i am so loving this
i made our local news in the middle of nowhere TX,its their worst nightmare the whole world knowing how evil the IHA is hope masako getting a good laugh out of their discomfort and the distain the world has of them because they are bullies and have tried to break a smart young womans spirit and personality. wish they all would commit hari kari (spelling) for bring dishonor to the throne. that would be fun to watch on utube.
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Old 02-22-2007, 12:29 PM
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It's sad this book publishing was cancelled in Japan. Even if book has some errors, I think people in Japan might be interested in it.
It's not surprising, it's like what they did to their history books, they carefully edited the negative participation they had during the World War II..
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Old 02-25-2007, 08:24 AM
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It is said that history is written by the winners.

But history never met an unofficial biographer!
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I haven't read the book but would you say that the author chose a deliberately provocative title?

Prisoner - that word has a heavily charged meaning which I'm sure was intended.
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I bought the book today and started reading it. Its an interesting book, so far. I'm only into their childhoods right now. One thing that is kind of a turn off is that they keep comparing Masako & Naruhito with Diana & Charles. That was in the 1st chapter. Since then they haven't said anything (but as I said I'm still on their childhood).
Its an easy read
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