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Old 11-07-2017, 12:25 PM
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He and his wife seem such friendly people. I hope they can support his nephew as the new emperor for a long time...
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Old 02-22-2018, 03:47 PM
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On February 22nd, Prince Hitachi attended the award ceremony of the Princess Takamatsu Cancer Research Fund. The prince has been involved in cancer research for 40 years and is president of the fund established by his aunt.

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On March 28th, Prince Hitachi attended the 76th All Japan Children's Invention Exhibition and Awards ceremony at the Science Museum in Chiyoda, Tokyo. The top prize was awarded to a system that changed a wheel’s shape, allowing wheelchairs to climb stairs.

Photo and video: Mainichi, fnn-news
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On April 18th, Princess Hanako attended the 42nd Asian Festival Charity Bazaar at the ANA InterContinental Hotel in Minato, Tokyo. The bazaar is hosted by the Asian Women's Friendship Association; 20 embassies from the Asia-Pacific region participated this year. Proceeds will be donated to welfare facilities in each country.

This is Princess Hanako's first public service in 11 months. She was also hospitalized for lumbar spondylitis spondylosis for a few weeks in September.

Photos: Mainichi, Jiji 1, Jiji 2, Getty Image

Great to see her again!

ETA: Asahi article/gallery and video
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Old 04-28-2018, 12:35 AM
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On April 26th, Prince Hitachi attended the 36th Ueno Royal Museum's Gallery award ceremony.
Source: Sankei Imperial Weekly #536

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Old 05-28-2018, 07:52 AM
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Prince Hitatchi attended the Worship Ceremony at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo today, May 28:


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1,852 more war dead laid to rest - The Japan News
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The remains of an additional 1,852 unidentified Japanese who died during World War II were laid to rest at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward in a memorial service on Monday.

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The number of war dead honored at the cemetery now totals 369,166.

From the Imperial Family, Prince Hitachi, the younger brother of Emperor Akihito, attended the ceremony, hosted by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

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Remains of Japanese overseas war dead laid to rest - News - NHK WORLD - English
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[...] Nearly 73 years after the war ended, the remains of over 1.12 million Japanese war dead have yet to be returned to Japan.

The welfare ministry is due to restart a project to recover Japanese war dead remains in the Philippines after an 8-year suspension.
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Prince and Princess Hitachi attended the 30th Praemium Imperiale Award ceremony in Tokyo today, October 23:


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Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Prince Hitachi, and Princess Hanako attended the 30th anniversary reception of the "Praemium Imperiale" on October 23rd.

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ETA: Sankei video of the Praemium Imperiale award ceremony
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Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture donated about 300 daffodils to the Hitachi couple on December 26th.

The day before, officials carefully selected flowers measuring 40-50cm in length with 4 leaves. The project (also an opportunity to promote Echizen daffodils) began when the Hitachi couple visited in 1990 and mentioned they liked daffodils. This is the 29th donation from Echizen City.

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On March 27th, Prince Hitachi attended the 77th All Japan Student Inventions award ceremony and exhibition at the Kitanomaru Park Science Museum in Tokyo.

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1,852 more war dead laid to rest - The Japan News

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The remains of an additional 1,852 unidentified Japanese who died during World War II were laid to rest at Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward in a memorial service on Monday.

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The number of war dead honored at the cemetery now totals 369,166.

From the Imperial Family, Prince Hitachi, the younger brother of Emperor Akihito, attended the ceremony, hosted by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

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Remains of Japanese overseas war dead laid to rest - News - NHK WORLD - English
The thought of an additional(!) 1,852 people losing their lives unrecognized and alone, and their families futilely holding out hope for any report of them, is horrible.

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On April 18th, Princess Hanako attended the 42nd Asian Festival Charity Bazaar at the ANA InterContinental Hotel in Minato, Tokyo. The bazaar is hosted by the Asian Women's Friendship Association; 20 embassies from the Asia-Pacific region participated this year. Proceeds will be donated to welfare facilities in each country.

This is Princess Hanako's first public service in 11 months. She was also hospitalized for lumbar spondylitis spondylosis for a few weeks in September.

Photos: Mainichi, Jiji 1, Jiji 2, Getty Image

Great to see her again!
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He and his wife seem such friendly people. I hope they can support his nephew as the new emperor for a long time...
I agree, but their reduced appearances and known health issues have made me wonder if they might soon follow the Emperor and Empress into retirement.

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Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture donated about 300 daffodils to the Hitachi couple on December 26th.

The day before, officials carefully selected flowers measuring 40-50cm in length with 4 leaves. The project (also an opportunity to promote Echizen daffodils) began when the Hitachi couple visited in 1990 and mentioned they liked daffodils. This is the 29th donation from Echizen City.

Source: hokurikushinkansen
I'm impressed that the prefecture has carefully selected hundreds of daffodils each year for three decades, simply because the couple mentioned once that they liked them. There must be more to the story…
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I think Prince Hitachi and Princess Hanako have mostly retired already. There's a few patronages and big ceremonies they attend outside of family events.

I hope Prince Hitachi doesn't feel obligated to attend the enthronement ceremony. He is the only adult male besides Prince Akishino but dressing up an 83-year-old man in heavy robes, bulky shoes and then pushing his wheelchair into place... doesn't seem right. He's already sitting a bit crooked. I can't imagine the extra weight would be good for him.
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On April 19th, Prince Hitachi attended the 37th Ueno Royal Museum Grand Prize ceremony. There were 843 submissions from 625 people this year; 142 works were selected for the exhibition. 5 art pieces won the award. [Sankei, fnn.jp]

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On June 10th, Prince Hitachi attended the 1st Reiwa Era National Invention Awards ceremony at Hotel Okura Tokyo.

Photo: Sankei Imperial Weekly #594
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On October 16th, Prince Hitachi and Princess Hanako attended the 31st Praemium Imperiale Awards Ceremony at Meiji Kinenkan in Minato, Tokyo.

2019 Laurates:
William Kentridge, Painting (South Africa)
Mona Hatoum, Sculpture (U.K.)
Tod Williams & Billie Tsien, Architecture (U. S. A.)
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Music (Germany)
Bando Tamasaburo, Theatre/Film (Japan)

Photos at artemagazine.it
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Old 10-19-2019, 02:40 AM
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More photos and videos of the 31st Praemium Imperiale Awards Ceremony on October 16

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Pope Francis Sends Message, Jacques Chirac Remembered at Praemium Imperiale Awards | JAPAN Forward (includes photo gallery)

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On November 1st, Prince Hitachi was admitted to the Japanese Red Cross Medical Center in Shibuya, Tokyo for high blood pressure. The IHA reported the prince measures his blood pressure daily and found it was higher than usual that night. Although there were no other abnormalities, he visited the hospital as it was late and was treated with medication and released the next morning.

Prince Hitachi is expected to attend the Silk Industry Contributors award ceremony at Tokyo hotel on November 6th.

Source: Mainichi
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Old 11-05-2019, 05:46 AM
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On November 1st, Prince Hitachi was admitted to the Japanese Red Cross Medical Center in Shibuya, Tokyo for high blood pressure. The IHA reported the prince measures his blood pressure daily and found it was higher than usual that night. Although there were no other abnormalities, he visited the hospital as it was late and was treated with medication and released the next morning.

Prince Hitachi is expected to attend the Silk Industry Contributors award ceremony at Tokyo hotel on November 6th.

Source: Mainichi
He and his doctors seem to be vigilant about protecting his health; another sign of which might be his choice to wear tailcoat to the enthronement while even the recently injured Princess Nobuko wore junihitoe.
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