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Old 08-26-2011, 04:22 AM
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... What I wonder is if the Emperor has any role in appointing a new PM, does he choose the PM? Does the PM have to ask to form a government like in the UK? Or how does it work?
No, the Emperor is not involved in choosing a new PM in any way.
The PM is designated by the DIET (the parliament of Japan) from among its members, and must enjoy the confidence of the House of Representatives to remain in office.
The Emperor appoints the new PM.
More info about the PM of Japan see here.
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:34 AM
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New Imperial Representatives of Imperial Household Council elected

The regular election of Imperial Representatives of Imperial Household Council was held at on September 7th, 2011.
TIH the Prince Hitachi and the Princess Hanako were elected by Imperial Family as new Imperial Representatives of the Council.
TIH the Prince Akishino and the Princess Mikasa Yuriko were elected as reserve Imperial Representatives.

Imperial Household Council deliberates on important issues of Imperial Family including marriages of princes and princesses.
The Council consists of 10 members, including 2 Imeperial Representatives. - Source

Imperial Household Council to hold election | Majirox News
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Old 10-13-2011, 04:36 AM
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Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko
attended the imperial autumn party at the Akasaka Imperial Garden in Tokyo on October 13,
2011.



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Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko
attended the imperial autumn party at the Akasaka Imperial Garden in Tokyo on October 13,
2011.



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Why is the Empress wearing a kimono, while Kiko wears Western dress?
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:12 AM
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I guess there hasn't been an official dress code for the event.


Today, October 24, Emperor Akihito and Prince Akishino gave a luncheon for German President
Christian Wulff at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.



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Old 11-04-2011, 03:28 PM
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HM the Empress, TIH the Crown Prince, the Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko were present at the tea ceremony with the persons awarded Order of Merit at the Imperial palace in Tokyo on November 4th, 2011.

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TIH the Princess Takamado and her daughter Princess Ayako, the Princess Hitachi, the Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, the Prince Mikasa and Princess Yuriko were present at the ceremony dedicated to the memory of HIH the Prince Takamado (1954-2002) on November 21, 2011.

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Old 12-08-2011, 12:26 PM
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The members of the Imperial famly of Japan have contributed some art works of their own for the exhibition in Tokyo museum. The exhibition is open from Culture Day until the Emperor's birthday.
HM the Empress presented a few waka poems. HIH the Crown Prince, known to be an avid photographer contributed his photos of nature.
HIH the Princess Toshi-no-miya Aiko has made a beautiful calligraphy (words 'harvest time' and 'tiger').
**Pic** - Princess Aiko's handwriting

In 1973 her father then Prince Naruhito (13 years old) and his younger brother Prince Fumihito (8 years old) had written words 'ideal' and 'open mind' respectively.
**Pic** - from 1973, Prince Naru's work (L) and Prince Fumi's work (R)

The princess Aiko has also made a few lovely painted glass wind chimes during her summer vacations this year.
**Pic** - Aiko's wind chime

The Prince Hisahito has made some colourful paper origami toys during his art lessons at the kindergarten.
**Pic** - origami toys
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Old 12-09-2011, 02:10 PM
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HIH the Princess Mikasa Akiko consented to visit a gala for the prominent kabuki actor Kankuro Nakamura VI in Tokyo on November 28th, 2011.
The Japanese media praises the Princess for her excellent taste, her chrysantemum pattern kimono is said to be elegant and apropriate for the event.

**Pic** - Asahi TV
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Prince Mikasa, uncle of Emperor Akihito, was hospitalized on December 10th, 2011, as a precaution after complaining of breathing difficulty Friday night, the Imperial Household Agency said.
The 96-year-old prince, the eldest member of the imperial family, was diagnosed with mild heart failure at St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo and is expected to be discharged within a week, the agency said.
He was hospitalized in 2008 and 2009 for similar minor heart trouble. - Source

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The Prince Mikasa was discharged from the hospital on December 15th, 2011, in a good condition. - Source
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Princess Mikasa Akiko turns 30

HIH the Princess Mikasa Akiko turns 30 on December 20th, 2011. The Princess in a well-known researcher of Japanese art. She had D.Phil. from the Oxford university, and became the second member of Japanese imperial household to achieve a doctorate after Prince Akishino.
The Princess was asked her opinion on the changes in the Imperial family law, especially the situation with the Imperial princesses. "I believe, they have no options but to let us preserve our titles", the Princess said. - Source
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HIH the Prince Mikasa Tomohito, 65, a cousin of the Emperor, was hospitalized on December 19th, 2011, due to acute pain.
The tumor located under the chin was diagnosed at the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Chiba City. The Prince had been operated for throat cancer several times during six years.
The surgery is scheduled for January 10th, 2012.
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HM the Emperor turns 78 - December 23rd, 2011

TM the Emperor Akihito and the Empress Michiko, TIH the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess, the Prince and the Princess Akishino and their eldest daughter Princess Akishino Mako wave at a crowd of well-wishers during a morning appearance through the bulletproof glass of a balcony at Imperial Palace in Tokyo Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, marking Akihito's 78th birthday.

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The Princess Akishino and her daughter
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Emperor's cousin leaves hospital

Prince Katsura leaves hospital | The Japan Times Online
Prince Katsura, a cousin of Emperor Akihito, left the University of Tokyo Hospital on Friday following surgery earlier this month to narrow his throat to prevent the inhalation of saliva, which could cause pneumonia.
The 63-year-old prince had repeatedly suffered from aspiration pneumonia, but the operation should prevent that while enabling the prince to take liquid meals, Ryozo Nagai, his primary doctor, said Dec. 17 after the successful operation.

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New Year 2012 ceremonies at the Imperial palace

Imperial family of Japan at annual photosession for New Year January 1st, 2012 - TM the Emperor and the Empress, the Crown Princely couple and the Akishinos with their lovely children.

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TIH the Princess Toshi and the Prince Hisahito are making origami toys.

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The Emperor Akihito, the Empress Michiko and the Imperial Princesses at the New Year ceremonies for Japanese dignitaries and diplomatic corpus at the Imperial palace, Tokyo - January 1st, 2012.

**Pic 1** **Pic 2**- screencaptures Fuji TV, FNN

The Imperial Princesses (L-R): the Princess Akishino Kiko, the Princess Akishino Mako, the Princess Hitachi, the Princesses Tomohito of Mikasa Akiko and Yohko (sisters), the Dowager Princess Takamado and her daughters - Princesses Tsuguko, Noriko and Ayako.

**Pic** - screencapture NHK


The Princess Mikasa was not able to attend due to her age - 88 years old.
Her eldest daughter-in-law the Princess Tomohito of Mikasa was absent because of her husband's illness (see post # 152).
Sadly the Crown Princess was not attending this year too.
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NHK video of the diplomatic corpus New Year greetings ceremony at the Imperial palace

Three traditional shinto rituals which are annually to perform in three different buildings outside the Imperial palace grounds before dawn this time were held at the Imperial gardens, due to His Majesty's health. - 47 News
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Another pic from the New Year photo session

The empress is obviously giving Aiko a hand on this pic to help the young princess improve her origami.
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...The empress is obviously giving Aiko a hand on this pic to help the young princess improve her origami.
Indeed Her Majesty adores her grandchildren.
Here is another screencapture from the same day.
The Empress interacts with her grandson.
What a pity that young Princess Toshi is not allowed to see her grandparents as often as possible. I feel great compassion for Her Majesty.
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Is there any significance to why some of the ladies are wearing ivory gowns and others are wearing more colorful ones? Does it have to do with age or seniority of position?


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