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Old 10-29-2005, 06:07 AM
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Few more photos from the garden party.

#1-3: Newscom
#4-5: Kunaicho website
#6-8: Yomiuri news
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Old 11-03-2005, 01:58 AM
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Prince Tomohito raises question over move to allow women on throne
http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/nation...na013000c.html

Cousin of emperor questions plan to allow female monarchs
http://asia.news.yahoo.com/051103/kyodo/d8dkur700.html

Japan female succession queried
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/4403366.stm

#1: NNN news
#2: FNN news
#3: File photo shows Prince Tomohito Mikasa (L) of Japan and Turkish President Suleyman Demirel attending the opening ceremony of a cultural centre in Ankara May 3 1998. Photo by STR/REUTERS
#4-5: TBS news
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Old 11-04-2005, 04:32 AM
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The Emperor, Empress and Prince Mikasa meeting Order of Cultural Merit recipients in the Imperial Palace on Nov. 4, 2005.

#1: FNN news video- http://www.bcast.co.jp/cgi-bin/yahoo...1&media=wm300k
#2: JIJI press
#3: (Newscom) Former Yomiuri Giants' player Shigeru Nagashima (C, front and back to photographer), who suffered a stroke in 2004, greets Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko (both in center at back) at a tea party hosted by the imperial couple Nov. 4 for this year's recipients of the Order of Culture and other decorations at the Imperial Palace. He wears sneakers with his uniform number of 3 attached. (Pool photo)(Kyodo)
#4-5: Kunaicho website
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Old 11-04-2005, 04:52 PM
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Is this Prince Tomohito for real? The IHA has too much power and is entrenched in far too much tradition. Japan has to move to the future. I really feel for Princess Masako. It must be he!! to live in that constrained and sterile world.
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Old 11-07-2005, 04:45 PM
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Prince Tomohito released from hospital
http://www.japantoday.com/e/?content...at=1&id=354770

Prince Tomohito hospitalized for suspected heart ailment
http://www.japantoday.com/e/?content...at=1&id=354538

Prince enters hospital over chest pains
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/...20051108a9.htm
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Old 11-09-2005, 07:25 AM
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The Emperor, Empress and Princess Sayako visited Kannonzaki Park in Yokosuka city on Oct. 11, 2005.
photo of the same event, the Emperor, Empress and Princess Sayako pay homage to victims of the world war II at the crew war memorial.
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Old 11-12-2005, 07:52 AM
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Family ties: The Tojo legacy
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/GK12Dh04.html
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Old 11-21-2005, 11:54 AM
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Exhibits at the Emperor Showa's Memorial Museum
Emperor Showa Memorial Hall to open at Showa Memorial Park in Tachikawa on Nov. 27, 2005.
#1: Yomiuri news
#2: FNN news
#3: JIJI press-the museum
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Old 11-23-2005, 03:57 PM
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A diamond tiara crown on loan from the Japanese Imperial Palace is displayed during an exhibition in Sofia November 22, 2005. The crown, along with other jewellery art masterpieces from the Mikimoto museum in Japan, are on display for the first time outside of Japan for the 'Days of the Japanese Culture' exhibition in the Balkan country.
#1: AFP
#2-3: Reuters
#4: (Newscom)
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Old 11-25-2005, 04:02 AM
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Police dogs to be introduced at Imperial Palace
http://www.japantoday.com/e/?content...at=1&id=356484

LEAD: Police dogs to be introduced at Imperial Palace
http://asia.news.yahoo.com/051125/kyodo/d8e389to0.html

#1: JIJI press
#2: Yomiuri news
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Old 11-27-2005, 07:37 AM
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A diamond tiara crown on loan from the Japanese Imperial Palace is displayed during an exhibition in Sofia November 22, 2005. The crown, along with other jewellery art masterpieces from the Mikimoto museum in Japan, are on display for the first time outside of Japan for the 'Days of the Japanese Culture' exhibition in the Balkan country.
#1: AFP
#2-3: Reuters
#4: (Newscom)
#5-6: Getty images
Thank you!!
Whose tiara is it?
Princess Sayako??
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Old 11-27-2005, 05:10 PM
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Newly-wed Yoshiki and Sayako Kuroda (former Princess Nori) attend a tea party given by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace on Nov.27 in
celebration of their marriage.
Crown Prince Naruhito,Crown Princess Masako and Prince Akishino and Princess Akishino also attended at the tea party.


From Kyodo news.
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Old 11-27-2005, 07:52 PM
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Newly-wed Yoshiki and Sayako Kuroda (former Princess Nori) attend a tea party given by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace on Nov.27 in celebration of their marriage.
Crown Prince Naruhito,Crown Princess Masako and Prince Akishino and Princess Akishino also attended at the tea party. From Kyodo news.
#1: JIJI press
#2: TBS news video- http://www.bcast.co.jp/cgi-bin/yahoo...1&media=wm300k
#3: NNN news video- http://www.bcast.co.jp/cgi-bin/yahoo...0&media=wm300k
#4-5: TVBS news
#6: Yomiuri news
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The newest winter edition of the "Our Imperial Family" magazine released on Nov. 30, 2005 featuring the former Princess Nori and her wedding to Mr. Kuroda.

There is a English table of contents if you scroll down the page on the link below
http://www.fusosha.co.jp/imperial/
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Old 11-30-2005, 12:27 PM
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Thank you for the photos, Mandy! I have wondered about Nori walking behind her husband and it looks as though it may only be on formal occasions since they were walking side by side in the photos taken at the park. It is lovely to see them again.
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December 5: Thai National Day
.....our deepest respects to Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress and the Imperial Family........
.....It has also always been marked by close ties with the Imperial Family of Japan. This year, the people of Thailand were again honoured by a visit in August by His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino. We were also honoured by the gracious visits of Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Hitachi and Prince and Princess Akishino to the Thai Pavilion at the Aichi World Exposition 2005 in July and August 2005 respectively. Last month, the people of Thailand joined the people of Japan in rejoicing at the news of the wedding of Her Imperial Highness Princess Sayako.
We hope that in 2006, the Imperial Family, Government and people of Japan could join the people of Thailand in celebrating the auspicious 60th Anniversary of His Majesty's Ascension.....
http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/specia...dm007000c.html
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Imperial family members arriving for a memorial service for Princess Takamatsu who passed away one year ago.

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Does Japan Needs Its Imperial Family

"Nothing attests more dramatically to the psychological sway of its lingering shadow than the very reluctance of today's Japanese to debate in public the pros and cons of retaining the imperial family," says Ivan Hall, a former Gakushuin University professor and author of Cartels of the Mind.

Few people -- let alone a gaijin (foreigner) -- get to speak to the son of a living god. So on April 25 this year, I was very nervously standing in front of the Emperor and Empress in the Imperial place, hoping I wouldn't fluff any of my carefully rehearsed keigo. The imperial couple was about to travel to Ireland and Norway and as an Irish journalist I had been granted the privilege of asking two questions.

I wanted to quiz the emperor on his opinion about the compulsory singing of the national anthem at school ceremonies. As I rose to speak, an Imperial Household Agency (IHA) official signaled to the phalanx of TV cameras at the back of the room and they stopped filming and left. "They are worried that as a foreigner you might ask something that might embarrass his majesty," said the Japanese journalist beside me.

Was this precaution necessary? Everything, from my query, submitted weeks in advance, to his majesty's written reply had been carefully scripted and vetted by IHA bureaucrats. The whole episode capped to us foreign observers a slightly farcical 60 minutes: journalists asking mostly anodyne questions about their majesties health and their impressions of Ireland and Norway before wishing them a safe trip; the sight of 40 heads leaning forward to catch the Empresses' whispered replies, which could hardly be heard by anyone in the room.

But my colleague's point was important. The presence of somebody from outside the system threatens to disrupt the carefully rehearsed dance between the Imperial Palace and the press that covers it. The problem was the IHA had no leverage over people like me: a local journalist could be kicked out of the press club or fired for asking an unscripted question in front of the cameras.

The IHA's control over their charges is legendary and, sometimes comical. Photographer Toshiaki Nakayama was banned from the imperial household after snapping Prince Akishino's new bride brushing hair out of his eyes before a formal portrait. One former Imperial House correspondent says he was once told off by bureaucrats for asking the emperor if he had recovered from a cold. "That's how much they control things: even a boring [kudaranai] question like that," says the journalist. "At least if you're a foreign journalist the Imperial Household Agency cannot harass you."

The IHA naturally denies they are all controlling. Spokesman Moriyama Yasuo claims the presence of cameras in press conferences makes their majesties 'nervous' and claims there was no question of the cameras leaving the room just because I was a foreigner. "There is a set time for camera coverage of their majesties' replies and this time simply ran out," he says, which raises the question: why was I left until last?

This rigid control and the strange institutional taboos that surround Japan's first family (see sidebar) helps explain why the emperor is the elephant in the room of Japanese politics. It is almost impossible in the mainstream media to openly debate the institution's past, its current role or most importantly its future.

So while a government-appointed panel of experts recently recommended, after months of closed-session discussion, to save the Chrysanthemum Throne from extinction by allowing a female emperor, they avoided the fundamental question: should the institution continue at all?

How much do the imperials cost? What benefits do they bring Japan? What percentage of the population supports them? These basic questions hover around the supposedly 2,600-year-old institution but are seldom openly aired in the big media or in the political arena, despite the unique opportunity offered by the succession debate..............
http://english.ohmynews.com/articlev...at_code=299674
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Some sort of religious ceremony going on at Princess Takamatsu's residence on Nov. 20, 2005.

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Request for new limousines for royal family granted in budget draft
A request for replacements of the limousines used by Emperor Akihito and state guests, last updated between 1967 and 1972 -- was approved in the Finance Ministry's drafting of Japan's fiscal 2006 budget Tuesday.......

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