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Old 05-17-2012, 11:58 AM
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I generally love the way Naruhito looks on these pics. (Also very obvious here, here and here.) Of course, on official occasions he will always put on his professional crown-prince smile. But I have the feeling that he is quite unreasonably happy whenever his wife is at his side. Honestly, he gives me the impression of being so content as to readily smile at a fire-spitting dragon or at an evil-looking poisonous toad if they happened to come in his way...
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:59 AM
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Thanks for the photos!
It is truly enjoyable to see Japanese royals seeing off their parents. Both Crown Princess Masako and Princess Kiko looked lovely.
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But I have the feeling that he is quite unreasonably happy whenever his wife is at his side. Honestly, he gives me the impression of being so content as to readily smile at a fire-spitting dragon or at an evil-looking poisonous toad if they happened to come in his way...
I haven't thought of it, but you are right; the Prince always glows when his beautiful wife is next to him.
Life as a crown princess has most definitely not been easy for Masako, but at least she never had to doubt her husband's love and devotion.
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Old 05-24-2012, 10:34 AM
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I agree. And considering the way she sometimes looks at her husband, I suppose that she knows that very well and appreciates it very much.
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Chief aid to emperor Haketa to be succeeded by Kazaoka
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The chief of the Imperial Household Agency Shingo Haketa will be replaced by Noriyuki Kazaoka, the current deputy head, on June 1 following Cabinet approval, government sources said Monday. Kazaoka, 65, will be promoted to the position of Grand Steward, responsible for the personal, ceremonial and official affairs of the emperor and his family, while Haketa, 70, will retire.

Ichiro Kanazawa, 70, medical supervisor of the Imperial Household, who led the emperor's heart bypass surgery in February, will also be replaced by Hirokazu Nagawa, 60, former vice director of the University of Tokyo Hospital.

Kazaoka has been the vice-grand steward since 2005, after serving as vice transport minister. Haketa, former vice health and welfare minister, has been the head of the agency since April 2005 after serving as the deputy head for four years. Kanazawa, former director of the University of Tokyo Hospital, assumed the current position in 2002 and presided over the emperor's surgery for prostate cancer in 2003.
May 21, 2012 (Mainichi Japan)
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:25 PM
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Imperial family members on Haneda Airport on Sunday

Emperor and empress descending from the plane
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The emperor and the empress are welcomed by their sons and their daughters-in-law (Click to enlarge)
The empress talking to the crown princess


One more pic of the crown prince and Prince Akishino and their wives at the airport on the day of the emperor and empress´ departure for London
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Old 05-27-2012, 01:39 PM
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Haneda Airport: Imperial family members waiting for the arrival of the emperor and empress from London
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Old 05-27-2012, 02:04 PM
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So nice to see the family again.
I almost wish the Imperial couple would make more trips abroad, just so that we could get more pictures of the whole family in a relatively relaxed atmosphere.
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:47 AM
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Princess Akiko leaves for Germany on research and presentation trip
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Princess Akiko, the eldest daughter of Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, a cousin of Emperor Akihito, left Wednesday for Germany, where she will conduct research before giving a presentation in Poland on Japanese art, the Imperial Household Agency said.

During her trip through June 8, the 30-year-old princess will conduct research at Dresden State Art Collections before attending an international symposium in Poland, where she will present research papers on the history of the British Museum's collection of Japanese antiquities.
May 30, 2012(Mainichi Japan)
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Old 06-02-2012, 04:55 PM
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Noriyuki Kazaoka was appointed as the Grand Steward of Japan on 1 June 2012.
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Prince Tomohito (Prince Mikasa's eldest son) is admitted to hospital.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:45 PM
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Kazaoka becomes new chief aid to emperor
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Noriyuki Kazaoka, 65, became the new Grand Steward of the Imperial Household Agency at an attestation ceremony on Friday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, succeeding Shingo Haketa, 70, who retired. Kazaoka, who served as the vice-grand steward since April 2005, will tackle such issues as reducing the duties of Emperor Akihito, who underwent heart surgery earlier this year, and dealing with proposals for creating imperial families led by female members. Shinichiro Yamamoto, 61, former administrative vice minister of the Cabinet Office, succeeded Kazaoka as the deputy chief of the agency.
June 01, 2012(Mainichi Japan)

300-member Belgian economic mission to visit Japan in mid-June
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A Belgian economic mission of around 300 businesspeople and academics representing over 125 firms and universities will visit Japan from June 10 to 16 to promote bilateral business ties and technological development, the Belgian Embassy in Tokyo said Thursday. The mission, led by Belgian Crown Prince Philippe and accompanied by Didier Reynders, deputy prime minister and minister for foreign affairs, foreign trade, and European affairs, among other ministers, will be the largest such Belgian mission to Japan, the embassy said. [...]

Crown Prince Philippe's visit, on which he will be accompanied by Crown Princess Mathilde, will be his first to Japan since 2005 when he attended the World Exposition in Aichi Prefecture. The royal couple is scheduled to meet members of the Japanese imperial family during the visit.
June 01, 2012(Mainichi Japan)

Prince Tomohito receives blood transfusion, family visits hospital
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Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, a cousin of Emperor Akihito, received a blood transfusion last Friday after undergoing throat cancer-related surgeries earlier this year, sources close to the Imperial Household Agency said Monday. The 66-year-old prince has been hospitalized in Tokyo since December and underwent his 16th cancer-related surgery in March. He remained conscious as of Sunday, the sources said.

On Sunday, his 96-year-old father Prince Mikasa and mother Princess Yuriko, 89, visited the hospital along with Prince Tomohito's 28-year-old second daughter Princess Yoko.
June 05, 2012(Mainichi Japan)

Princess Akiko hastens return to Japan, in view of father's health
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Princess Akiko will cut short her trip to Europe and return to Japan as early as Wednesday due to the worsening health of her father Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, a cousin of Emperor Akihito, Imperial Household Agency sources said Tuesday. The 30-year-old princess, who was initially set to return Friday, has decided on the early return after the 66-year-old prince vomited blood late last week at his hospital in Tokyo, apparently due to bleeding in his throat. [...]

Princess Akiko, the eldest daughter of the prince, left Japan for Germany last Wednesday to conduct research on Japanese art. She then traveled to Poland and had been staying in Warsaw, where she made a presentation at an international symposium Monday about the Japanese art collection at the British Museum.
June 05, 2012(Mainichi Japan)
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:48 PM
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Thanks for the updates!
I am looking forward to seeing Belgian Crown Princely couple meeting members of the Japanese Imperial family.
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Steve Herman ‏@W7VOA #Japan Prince Tomohito, who battled cancer for years, has died.
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Old 06-06-2012, 04:40 AM
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There goes another of the few male members of the imperial family...

Japan emperor's cousin Prince Tomohito dies at 66

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Japan's imperial palace says Prince Tomohito, a cousin of Emperor Akihito, has died after bouts with various ailments. He was 66. Tomohito died Wednesday at a Tokyo hospital. The Imperial Household Agency did not give a cause for his death, but he had battled several illnesses, including throat cancer.
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Prince Tomohito, Japanese emperor’s cousin, dies at 66 after bouts with various ailments
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Prince Tomohito, a cousin of Japanese Emperor Akihito, died Wednesday after bouts with various ailments, the Imperial Household Agency said. [...] The Imperial Household Agency did not give a cause of death, but Tomohito had battled several illnesses, including throat cancer. He had undergone several cancer-related operations since 1991 and was treated for alcoholism in 2007. Tomohito was the eldest son of Prince Mikasa and Princess Yuriko. Mikasa is the younger brother of Hirohito, the wartime emperor and father of Akihito.
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Prince Tomohito passes away from organ failure
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At 3:35 PM on Wednesday, Prince Tomohito of Mikasa passed away in a Chiyoda Ward hospital in Tokyo. The cousin of Emperor Akihito, 66 year old Prince Tomohito had long suffered from a struggle with alcoholism, and his official cause of death is being reported as multiple organ failure, specifically of the liver. [...]

His daughter, Princess Akiko, was notified earlier today. Currently researching art in Europe, the princess immediately cut her trip short to come be with her father. She was told that her father had been vomiting blood since late last week, due to complications in his throat. As the first member in the Imperial House of Japan to grow a full beard since the Meiji Emperor, Prince Tomohito was affectionately given the nickname of the “bearded prince” by the public. It is still unknown if Princess Akiko was able to make it back to Tokyo in time to be with her father.
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Princess Akiko makes early return home in view of father's health
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Princess Akiko returned to Japan from Poland on Wednesday after cutting short her trip to Europe due to the worsening health of her father Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, a cousin of Emperor Akihito. [...]

The doctor in charge of the prince said Tuesday night that the prince's level of consciousness has been falling, though the situation remains fluid after bleeding inside his mouth following a string of throat cancer-related operations. He added that "lowering of kidney functions has become a primary concern" and that doctors are continuing to monitor the situation.
June 06, 2012(Mainichi Japan)

The following article, published but five hours ago, is imo a striking example of an attempt to downplay the seriousness of the situation and to keep the public in the dark. Maybe the increase in openness concerning health issues of the imperial family (Emperor's care process grows more open) has, after all, not been so remarkable as some thought...

Gov't provides official statement on prince's health
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The Imperial Household Agency said Tuesday that doctors in charge of Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, a cousin of Emperor Akihito, are working to stabilize his condition after bleeding took place inside his mouth on Friday following a string of throat cancer-related surgeries. As the first official statement on the 66-year-old prince's condition, Vice Grand Steward Shinichiro Yamamoto said at a news conference that the doctors "applied appropriate medical treatments immediately after bleeding took place inside his mouth on Friday afternoon."

"At present, the prince is conscious and they (the doctors) are working to stabilize his condition," Yamamoto said. The bleeding "was not of a large scale and we do not have detailed knowledge concerning its reasons. I hear that the blood was not from the esophagus or other organs," he said. Reporters covering imperial matters asked him to provide more details, but Yamamoto said, "The chief physician will provide explanations when it's necessary to do so."
June 06, 2012(Mainichi Japan)
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Prince Tomohito, Japan Emperor's Cousin, Dead At 66
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Do they have such a thing as "court mourning" in Japan where the entire family goes into mourning, wearing black and perhaps withdrawing behind palace walls for a period of time when a member of the Imperial Family dies? I would imagine the mourning period would vary depending on the seniority of the family member, an Imperial cousin vs an Emperor or Imperial son?
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Very, very sad news! Parents burying second child!

RIP, Tomohito!

Condolences to his wife and daughters.
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My condolences to Prince Mikasa and Princess Mikasa, Princess Tomohito, and Princesses Akiko and Yoko.
So sad Prince Tomohito lost his 20-year battle with cancer.
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Prince and Princess Mikasa must have suffered a lot because of their sons´ destinies. Their youngest died of a sudden heart attack when he was but 47, the middle one suffered a series of strokes at age 41 and has been paralyzed from the waist down ever since, and now the oldest has died, too, rather prematurely. But while Prince Takamado´s death came completely unexpected, I suppose that, regarding Prince Tomohito, the family, at least, knew that he would not live many years more. Besides, it cannot have been a very happy life lately, having to remain in hospital all the time...

Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit the residence of Prince Tomohito for mourning.

Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, 66, dies
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Prince Tomohito, nicknamed "the Bearded Prince," described his fight against cancer in his book "Gan wo Kataru" ("Talking about Cancer") published in 1991. He also served in various honorary positions, including as president of the Social Welfare Organization Saiseikai Imperial Gift Foundation.

The outspoken prince often caused a public stir with his straightforward remarks. In 1982, he said he wanted to renounce his Imperial status to "devote myself to social activities." In November 2005, the prince expressed opposition to a government expert panel's proposal that the Diet revise the law to allow a female-line member of the Imperial family to ascend the throne. Prince Tomohito argued the idea goes against the long-held tradition of the male-line Imperial succession. Expressing any opinions on a political matter to be decided by the Diet is very rare for an Imperial family member.

In 2007, the prince made public that he was suffering from and was fighting alcoholism. In 2008, he lost his voice due to a cancer-related surgical operation. Even so, he practiced making speeches in English by using an artificial larynx device that generates sounds.
Japan Times, Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Outspoken Japan Prince Tomohito Dies
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The grizzled, goateed prince grabbed headlines when he publicly admitted his problems with alcoholism: “I’m Prince Tomohito, the alcoholic,” he said, mimicking the self-introducing mantra of Alcoholics Anonymous, during a lecture in northern Japan in 2007. He continued to talk openly about his condition, considered a taboo subject in Japan, discussing it candidly during multiple press interviews. He said that it began as a teenager, but intensified later as problems arose within the imperial family, according to media reports at the time. His dependency was a ongoing struggle. In 2009, he was hospitalized for alcoholism five times within a six month period.

More than his alcoholism, the prince caused a stir for his fervent stance against allowing a female monarchy. [...] “The question is whether it is the right thing to change our unique tradition and history so easily,” Akihito’s cousin, Prince Tomohito, wrote in the private essay distributed to palace officials in the fall of 2005, according to local media reports at the time. “Using concubines, like we used to, is one option. I’m all for it, but this might be a little difficult considering the social climate in and outside the country.” He said concubines would increase the chances of producing a male heir—and was a successful method in the past. He also suggested bringing back former branches of the royal family that were abolished after World War II.

During the prince’s life, he was on the organizing committee for the Sapporo Winter Olympics from 1970-1972. He also served as the honorary head of several social welfare organizations as well as of the Princess Takamatsu Cancer Research Fund.
The Wall Street Journal Japan, June 6, 2012, 6:50 PM JST
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A video about Prince Tomohito´s life:




Princess Akiko back in Japan
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As you know I do not read Japanese. But I am still rather sure that on the following pics we see imperial family members on their way to Prince Tomohito´s home.
The crown prince and princess
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Prince and Princess Akishino

It seems that even Mr and Mrs Kuroda attended.
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