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Old 03-07-2005, 04:56 AM
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TOKYO - MARCH 7: Malaysian King Syed Sirajuddin (2nd L) salutes while listening to national anthems with Japanese Emperor Akihito (2nd R), Empress Michiko (R) and Malaysian Queen Fauziah (L) during his welcoming ceremony at the state guesthouse March 7, 2005 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura-Pool/Getty Images)
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Old 03-07-2005, 06:46 AM
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Emperor meets visiting Malaysian king


Monday, March 7, 2005 at 13:01 JST
TOKYO — Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko met Malaysian King Syed Sirajuddin and Queen Fauziah on Monday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, the Imperial Household Agency said.
The king told the emperor that Malaysia had leaned a lot from Japan, which helped it achieve today's level of development, and the emperor said he feels happy as he has heard bilateral cooperation helped with Malaysia's development, agency officials said
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Old 03-07-2005, 08:06 AM
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Old 03-09-2005, 04:53 AM
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Old 03-09-2005, 06:14 AM
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FEARS FOR MASSAKO AFTER NAGANO TRIP CANCELLED:



1 MARCH 2005

Hopes for the recovery of Japan's Crown Princess Masako were dealt a blow at the weekend after she cancelled a public appearance. The 41-year-old, who has been struggling with emotional difficulties for over a year, had been expected to attend the Special Olympics Winter Games in Nagano.

She cancelled the engagement just a day in advance, however. "It was unfortunate that I cannot go," said the princess. "I am sorry to trouble so many people." Her visit to the mountain city, where she spent a six-day break with her family just last month, was to be her first official trip outside Tokyo since November 2003.

The Imperial Household Agency has confirmed that ill-health was the reason for her cancellation, describing the royal's condition as "inappropriate" for attendance. The princess has been struggling with what minders describe as an "adjustment disorder" for the last 14 months.

Royal experts say the main source of her difficulties has been the intense pressure to provide a male heir. Plans for a constitutional amendment clearing the way for her daughter Aiko to accede to the throne are expected to get the green light, but it seems Masako is still not quite ready to return to public life.
I feel so awful for this poor woman!! She seems like such a kind lady and has been horribly treated by the courtiers. She turned down Naruhito many times before accepting his proposal for fear of life in a golden fishbowl. It is so sad that her worst nightmares came true. I hope Masako recovers and can make a fresh start in life with her husband and daughter.
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Old 03-10-2005, 02:28 AM
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Polfoto 10-03-2005 Japanese Prince Akishino, seated at center, the second son of Emperor Akihito, and his wife Princess Kiko participate in a memorial ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the 1945 U.S. air raid on Tokyo at a hall built for the 100,000 victims near the center of the damage zone in Tokyo Thursday, March 10, 2005. The devastating World War II assault killed some 100,000 people and reduced Tokyo to ashes. The March 9-10, 1945 raid has long been dwarfed in history by the U.S. nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But the Tokyo attack killed more people immediately than either atomic explosion, and is widely considered the most devastating air raid of history. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
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Old 03-14-2005, 09:59 AM
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i love Empress Michiko's hat, it's really unique. >.<
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Old 03-16-2005, 04:28 AM
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I also think so!They are like dishes...

Empress to skip duties for 2 days due to illness

TOKYO — Empress Michiko will skip duties on Wednesday and Thursday due to a skin infection around her mouth, but will attend the engagement ceremony for Princess Sayako on Saturday, the Imperial Household Agency said Tuesday.
The agency added that she is recovering from the infection, but that she needs to take a rest to avoid fatigue. (Kyodo News)
http://www.japantoday.com/e/?content...at=1&id=330923

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It is after an interval of 13 years that her office was open to the public.
(2005-3-16)
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March 17, 2005: Emperor Akihito met with Irish President Mary McAleese and her husband Dr. Martin McAleese at the Imperial Palace. McAleese is on a six day visit to Japan.
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March 18, 2005: Emperor Akihito and Princess Sayako visit the Imperial Palace musuem.

By the way, Princess Sayako is getting engaged tomorrow.:)
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Old 03-18-2005, 08:51 AM
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actually she's already engaged. it's just that tomorrow will be the traditional japanese engagement ceremony. where the emperor and empress meet the groom's mother. (his father is deceased)

taken from www.hellomagazine.com

Masako to attend Sayako's Betrothal Ceremony

Despite having dropped out of at least one official engagement in recent weeks, it appears Crown Princess Masako will be attending the engagement ceremony of sister-in-law Princess Sayako on Saturday.

The Imperial Household has confirmed that Masako wishes to attend the ceremonial exchange of pre-wedding gifts, called Nosai no Gi, which is in honour of Sayako's betrothal to government employee Yoshiki Kuroda.

The private court affair, a formal sealing of the engagement, will see the groom's mother – his father is deceased – meet Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Though the empress skipped some of her official duties this week due to a fatigue-related skin virus, she is set to attend her only daughter's ceremony.

In late Feburary, it was the empress' daughter-in-law Masako who made headlines for health reasons. The 41-year-old, who has been struggling with emotional difficulties for over a year, cancelled a visit to Special Olympics Winter Games in Nagano at the last minute. The Imperial Household Agency confirmed that ill health was the reason for her cancellation, describing the royal's condition as "inappropriate" for attendance.

Masako has been recovering from an "adjustment disorder" brought on by the demands of her role, particularly the pressure to produce a male heir. Controversy over changing Imperial House Law in order to allow female members to ascend to the throne looks set to be resolved soon, however, as a government panel is expected to decide on the matter later this year.
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It's great.We will have lots of photos today.Will there be any Banquet or Party in honor of it?
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Princess Sayako formally engaged to Kuroda in traditional rite

Princess Sayako, Emperor Akihito's only daughter, was formally engaged to Yoshiki Kuroda, an employee with the Tokyo metropolitan government, in a traditional rite of betrothal at the Imperial Palace on Saturday. The princess, 35, popularly known as Princess Nori, and Kuroda, 39, are expected to be married sometime after the summer following a series of court rites, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

The special rite, called "Nosai no Gi" in Japanese, is the first in the series. In the privately held ceremony at the Imperial Residence, a messenger from Kuroda formally conveyed Kuroda's proposal to marry Princess Sayako and offered traditional engagement gifts of two fresh sea breams, three bottles of sake and two sets of silk, the agency said. Sea breams are given as gifts in Japan to mark auspicious events.

The couple became formally engaged when Grand Steward Toshio Yuasa of the Imperial Household told the messenger that the princess and her parents accepted the offer of marriage.

Kuroda's cousin, Naoyuki, 53, took the role as messenger.


The imperial family will also send its messenger to Kuroda's home in Tokyo
bearing another set of gifts, including two fresh sea breams, three bottles of sake and two sets of wool, while Princess Sayako will report her engagement to other members of her family and receive their congratulations.
The heads of three branches of government, senior agency officials and others will also visit and congratulate the princess.

In the afternoon, Kuroda and his mother Sumiko, 69, will visit the Imperial Residence for a meeting with Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and the princess. Kuroda's father is deceased.

The princess, the youngest of three children of the emperor and empress, is the last to marry.

She has to relinquish her royal title following her marriage with Kuroda in accordance with Imperial House Law, which stipulates that a female member has to leave the imperial household if she marries a commoner.

It is the first time in 46 years that a female member of an emperor's immediate family has wed.

The princess and Kuroda have known each other for a long time. He is a childhood friend of Prince Akishino, the younger of her two brothers.

Kuroda and Prince Akishino have been close friends since their elementary school days at Gakushuin Primary School in Tokyo.

The prince is said to have played a part in bringing his best friend and sister together.

The couple met again in January 2003 after a long interval. They decided to marry last summer, according to sources close to the imperial family.

In 1960, Princess Takako, the fifth daughter of the late Emperor Hirohito, posthumously known as Emperor Showa, left the household through marriage.

When a female imperial family member becomes a commoner by marriage, she receives a lump sum of up to 150 million yen under the law. Princess Takako, who was popularly called Princess Suga, received 15 million yen.

Princess Sayako was born on April 18, 1969, and graduated from Gakushuin University, an institution that has been educating many members of the royal family, in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in Japanese language and literature.

The princess works at the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology in Chiba Prefecture as a researcher. She has been involved in research on kingfishers there.

The couple are expected to continue their respective careers after their marriage.

Kuroda belonged to Gakushuin University's nature and culture study club, which was headed by Prince Akishino, whose wife, Princess Kiko, was also a member of the club.

After his graduation in law in 1988, Kuroda joined Mitsui Bank, one of the predecessors of what is now Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.

In April 1997, he joined the Tokyo metropolitan government and now works in the construction department.

Kuroda lives with his mother in Tokyo. His father, who worked for Toyota Motor Corp., died in 1986.





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Princess Sayako and Yoshiki Kuroda are doing the bird watching. (2005-3-13)
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NAGAKUTE, JAPAN: Accompanied by Empress Michiko (R) and Crown Prince Naruhito (behind empress), Japanese Emperor Akihito (2nd R/with glasses) receives an explanation from Professor Naoki Suzuki about the head and tusks of a mammoth, which was excavated from the frozen ground of Siberia, at a pavilion of the World Expo 2005 in Nagakute, central Japan, 23 March 2005. The six-month world exhibition will be opened to the public from 25 March. POOL AFP - AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
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NAGAKUTE, JAPAN: Accompanied by Empress Michiko (top) and Crown Prince Naruhito (bottom), Japanese Emperor Akihito (C) greets to people upon his arrival at the Expo Dome for the opening ceremony of the 2005 World Exposition in Nagakute, central Japan, 24 March 2005. The six-month world exhibition will be opened to the public from 25 March. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
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