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Old 09-06-2016, 12:31 PM
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The IHA announced budget requests of the 2017 fiscal year budget on August 31st.
  • 2 additional nurses to strengthen the night medical system at the Imperial Palace
  • 1 additional staff member for the Akishino household to help take care of Prince Hisahito
  • Maintenance for Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Goshouchi). The terrain was expanded this year.
Sankei Imperial Weekly #450 page 2

Does anyone know each Imperial household's number of staff? Or overall IHA employees? I read ChiaraC's post from 2011 that the Crown Prince household has around 50 staff and the Akishinos have around 10.
In FY 2004, the IHA had a thousand paid employees.

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Thanks to a 2001 freedom of information law it has been possible to put together a pretty clear picture. According to former Mainichi IH correspondent Mori Yohei, taxpayers funded the imperial family to the tune of about US$260 million in FY 2004, approximately the budget of a small city like Sagamihara. That makes Japan’s monarchy much more expensive than the British royal family, which costs taxpayers about 88 million pounds sterling (about US$152 million a year), according to the Centre for Citizenship.Org.

But while the British royals are personally wealthy – Queen Elizabeth is one of the world’s richest women and Prince Charles inherited a 144,000-acre estate – the Duchy of Cornwall – on his 21st birthday – the Japanese imperials had most of their wealth confiscated after World War II. The Showa Emperor left 2 billion yen in stocks and cash when he died and Mori estimates that his son has just five million yen a year to spend on himself.

The Japanese imperials, in other words, are like well paid bureaucrats without many of the frills that most European royals take for granted.

Japanese taxpayers pay for the six core members of the Imperial Family: (Emperor, Empress, Prince Naruhito, Princess Masako, Princess Aiko and, before she left in November 2005 to marry a commoner, Princess Nori); 19 other family members live in residences provided by the state. The budget also pays for about 1,000 Imperial Household Agency staff: a 24-piece orchestra, 160 servants, 25 cooks, four doctors and a cellar stocked with 4,500 bottles of wine. The Agency runs properties around Japan, in Naha, Kyoto, Gifu, Tochigi and elsewhere; a total of 24.66 sq. km. of property, or about double the area of Chiyoda-Ku (11.64 sq. km).
What Role Japan's Imperial Family? | The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

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Facts about the number of staff between the crown prince household and Prince Akishino's

Princely differences

By Wataru Kurihara
Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer

The newborn prince is third in line to the Imperial throne, but even so there is still a noticeable difference in the number of staffers and level of medical support between the crown prince's household and that of the Akishino family. The Imperial Household Agency assigns officials to each of the princely households, including the Akishino family, to assist family members. But the crown prince's household is taken care of by the agency's own unit--the Office of the Crown Prince's Household. The Akishino family is provided nine agency officials including a chamberlain for the prince himself. The Office of the Crown Prince's Household, meanwhile, comprises 51 staffers led by Grand Master Issei Nomura, formerly ambassador to Russia. The number of staffers per family member before the new prince was born, excluding those privately hired, is 2.25 in the Akishino family, compared with 17 in the crown prince's household. The Office of the Crown Prince's Household has four full-time doctors, including the chief physician, who keep track of family members' health around the clock. The Akishino family and other princely households are not allocated their own doctors, though as Prince Akishino has suffered a slight arrhythmia, the agency has since October 2001 dispatched doctors from the Imperial Household Agency Hospital to accompany the prince when he travels outside Tokyo on public duties. When the crown prince and Princess Masako leave the palace, his chamberlains or other staffers always check in advance the sites to be visited. But as the Akishino family has fewer staff, visits by the prince and his family have, at least until now, always taken place without such advance work.

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national...08TDY03005.htm
Prince Akishino & Princess Kiko: Current Events part 1
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Old 09-07-2016, 12:21 AM
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Thank you! I assume the Akishino staff will continue to increase. Hopefully, not too rapidly so the family can enjoy what's left of their informal lifestyle (well, more informal than the CP household as I understand from other threads).
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Old 09-13-2016, 03:47 AM
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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are scheduled to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Asian Games in February next year. CP Naruhito and CP Masako are to attend the closing ceremony.
Source: Asahi reporter Yasuhiko Shima's tweet https://twitter.com/shimaykkkt/statu...24711491575808

I wonder if this means CP Masako's condition is reliably stable now since her attendance is assumed so far in advance.
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Old 09-22-2016, 11:50 PM
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On September 22nd, members of the Imperial family attended the Autumn Kōreisai and temple festival of Yi at Korei hall/temple. There are videos of CP Naruhito and Akishino family (minus Prince Hisahito) arriving and leaving the Imperial Palace. Asahi's Imperial schedule indicates Princesses Yoko, Hisako, Tsuguko, and Ayako also attended.

* I wonder why Asahi doesn't list this event for CP Naruhito whereas it appears for everyone else.

CP Naruhito:

Akishino family:
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Old 10-20-2016, 11:13 PM
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The autumn garden party is scheduled for November 1st. About 2100 people are invited, including members of Japan's Olympic team to Rio and Kumamoto Prefecture residents/officials.

Source: Sankei
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Old 10-27-2016, 01:14 AM
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The autumn garden party is scheduled for November 1st. About 2100 people are invited, including members of Japan's Olympic team to Rio and Kumamoto Prefecture residents/officials.

Source: Sankei
Understandably, the garden party has been canceled following Prince Mikasa's death on Thursday. The Imperial family is in mourning. [Sankei]
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Old 11-04-2016, 11:57 PM
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On November 4th, the Imperial couple, CP Naruhito, and Princess Mako attended a tea party for 4 recipients of the Order of Cultural Merit and 15 recipients of Person of Cultural Merit. To avoid conflicts with Prince Mikasa's funeral, the tea party was moved to 5:30pm, an unusual time.

Photos/info: Sankei Imperial Weekly #459 page2 and photos 40-42
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Old 11-08-2016, 01:41 PM
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A few more tea party photos at Getty Images
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Old 11-30-2016, 12:06 AM
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The Emperor, Empress, CP Naruhito, and CP Masako welcomed President Tony Tan of Singapore and his wife Mary on November 30th for the President's 5-day state visit to Japan. (other reports say 9-day visit)

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tv-tokyo.co.jp video of the welcome ceremony

Jiji photo
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Old 11-30-2016, 12:21 PM
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Banquet for the state visit. No tiaras, black tie.

Getty Images

Mainichi gallery

Asahi highlighted Princess Kako’s new yellow dress with mentions of other princesses gowns.

Asahi 2 focuses on the Imperial couple with President Tan and his wife.

Emperor thanks Singapore president for help 3/11 disaster aid | The Japan Times

news24.jp video
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Old 11-30-2016, 01:19 PM
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Thanks for the links
It is great that all senior members of the Imperial family were in attendance.
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Old 12-01-2016, 02:12 AM
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You're welcome! :)
Hopefully Sankei's weekly report will have better photos although I doubt there will be photos of the Mikasa and Takamado princesses at the banquet. That rarely happens.

Remarks by His Majesty the Emperor at the State Banquet in Honour of H.E. President Tony Tan Keng Yam and H.E. Mrs. Mary Tan of the Republic of Singapore (Wednesday, November 30, 2016) - The Imperial Household Agency
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Old 12-03-2016, 06:07 PM
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2 banquet photos of Prince Akishino, CP Masako, CP Naruhito, and Princess Kiko:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CyvQCXpVIAA9ex5.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CyvQDCSVEAA8_k4.jpg

CP Masako:
http://blog-imgs-100.fc2.com/r/e/t/r...5c5b4e6da4.png

Imperial Household Agency's links:
Welcome
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Old 12-08-2016, 01:07 AM
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Prince Hisahito and Princess Aiko contributed to the private "59th Imperial Household Employee Union Cultural Festival Art Exhibition." Prince Hisahito made a clay and wire model of traffic lights and some paper snowflakes. Princess Aiko exhibited music boxes made in art classes.

Asahi photos of Prince Hisahito's crafts.

ETA: Jiji has a photo of Princess Aiko's other contribution: calligraphy

The December 8-10th exhibition displays works of staff, stakeholders, and Imperial family members. Items include books, photographs, and such. The Akishino family made a miniature of an old private house under the theme of "Old Life." Prince Hisahito came up with the layout and produced the kitchen tools and wells.

According to fnn-news, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko contributed poems and the CP couple exhibited photography of Asahigadake.
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Old 12-10-2016, 01:18 AM
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January 2, 2017 New Year Greeting schedule
Visit of the General Public to the Palace for the New Year Greeting - The Imperial Household Agency
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Appearances:
First and Second: Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, Their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince and Crown Princess, and other adult members of the Imperial Family.

Third Appearance onwards: Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, Their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince and Crown Princess, Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino, Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako and Her Imperial Highness Princess Kako.

First Appearance: Around 10:10 a.m.
Second Appearance: Around 11:00 a.m.
Third Appearance: Around 11:50 a.m.
Fourth Appearance: Around 1:30 p.m.
Fifth Appearance: Around 2:20 p.m.
More on photos of the Imperial Household Agency Employee Union Cultural Festival, starting at p20 of Sankei Imperial Weekly #464 and onwards.

p20: Empress Michiko, looks like an incense burner?
p21-23: CP couple, photographs of "Nasu Asahi-dake" and "Susaki"
p24: Prince Akishino, "Dong Tao Chicken" figure
p25: Princess Kiko, dishes with leaf impressions
p26: Prince or Princess Hitachi?, song lyrics
p27: Princess Akiko, calligraphy "Lights"
p28: Princess Akiko, "Edo Kiriko's Ten-no Hanabi" (not sure, etching on glass?)
p29: Emperor Akihito, song lyrics
p30: Prince Hisahito, looks like paper snowflakes
p31: Princess Aiko, calligraphy
p32: Prince Hisahito, traffic light model
p33: Empress Michiko, song lyrics
p34: Princess Aiko, 3 crafts (pendant, music box, ornament?)
p35: Akishino family, model of old style home
p36: CP couple, rock formation photo
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Old 12-17-2016, 12:29 AM
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The Imperial couple, CP Naruhito, Akishino couple, and Princess Mako worshiped "Kagei Kagaku no Yami" at the Imperial Palace on December 15th.
Page 2 of Sankei Imperial Weekly #465

CP Naruhito arriving and leaving the Imperial Palace:

Akishino trio's arrival and departure:
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The IHA announced budget requests of the 2017 fiscal year budget on August 31st.
  • 2 additional nurses to strengthen the night medical system at the Imperial Palace
  • 1 additional staff member for the Akishino household to help take care of Prince Hisahito
  • Maintenance for Kyoto Imperial Palace (Kyoto Goshouchi). The terrain was expanded this year.
Sankei Imperial Weekly #450 page 2

[...]
IHA's requests were approved on December 22nd. 6 additional staff:
  • 2 nurses for the Emperor and Empress
  • 1 for Prince Hisahito
  • 3 for Imperial facilities
Source: Yomiuri
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Old 12-26-2016, 09:50 PM
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On December 25th, members of the Imperial family attended rituals on the anniversary of Emperor Taisho's death.
  • Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko per Sankei
  • Crown Prince Naruhito
  • Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko, and Princess Mako
  • Princesses Hisako, Tsuguko, and Ayako per Asahi Imperial schedule
CP Naruhito's arrival and departure:

Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko, and Princess Mako’s arrival and departure:
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Members of the Imperial family visited Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko for the end-of-year greeting on December 27th.

CP Naruhito and CP Masako: Asahi photo

Prince Akishino, Princesses Kiko, Mako, and Kako:
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Old 12-31-2016, 03:36 PM
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Family photos and video for the New Year and year-end Waka poems.

Asahi gallery

Recent Portraits of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress and Their Family on the occasion of New Year (2017) - The Imperial Household Agency

Recent Portraits of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress and Their Family on the occasion of New Year (2017) (video) - The Imperial Household Agency

Waka Poems : 2016 - The Imperial Household Agency

ETA: The items on the table/being discussed are bonbonnières given out at weddings, celebrations, etc.
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