Various photos of Prince Tomohito's family from Newscom
#1: British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie (L) smile as they walk in the snow to open Festival UK'98 at the British Embassy in Tokyo January 12. The festival is designed to introduce British culture to the Japanese people. The woman following them at right is Princess Nobuko, wife of Emperor Akihito's cousin, Prince Mikasa.
#2: Japanese Princess Tomohito of Mikasa attends the congress of the Japanese Red Cross Society May 16, 2001 at the Meiji-jingu hall in Tokyo.
#3: Princess Akiko (L), daughter of Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, returns to Japan on Aug. 17 after studying eight months at Merton College at Oxford University in Britain.
#4-5: Her Imperial Highness Princess Tomohito of Mikasa attends the opening of an historical exhibition celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Japanese Red Cross Society on August 19, 2002 at the head quarters of the Japanese Red Cross in Tokyo, Japan.
#6: Japanese princess Tomohito Shinnohi Akiko enjoying the competition at the 13th FIS World Cup Nordic Combined in Sapporo Japan, Sunday 25 January 2004.
Photos from Yomiuri News of Princess Yasuko (now a commoner after marriage)
Princess Yasuko is the eldest daughter of Prince Mikasa and Princess Yuriko.
These photos of Yasuko are the events following up to her wedding.
#1-2: July 28, 1965-Photo of her and her fiance
#3: March 7, 1966
#4-5: Dec 13, 1966-Wedding Day
#6-7: Dec 18, 1966-Press Conference after wedding and wedding reception
Various photos of Prince Mikasa and Princess Yuriko
#1-4, 6-7: Photos from Yomiuri News
#1: July 12, 1942.
#2: Aug 8, 1942.
#3: Aug 17, 1956.
#4: Apr 13, 1959-Prince Mikasa and Princess Yuriko attending a wedding recption of the then Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko
#5: Prince and Princess Mikasa of Japan, and their daughter, Princess Yasuko, visited the District of Columbia Chapter of the American Red Cross here on September 23rd, 1965. (Photo from Corbis)
#6: Prince Mikasa's residence when it was newly built on Nov 12, 1970.
#7: Sept 9, 1997.
Various photos of Prince Tomohito and Princess Nobuko from Yomiuri News
#1: Prince Tomohito during an interview in June 16, 1972.
#2: May 22, 2001
#3-4: Prince Tomohito and Princess Nobuko watching rugby on Sept 13, 2003.
#5: Both of them leaving the airport heading towards Turkey on Oct 1, 2003.
GIFU, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 4: Prince Tomohito of Mikasa attends at the World Rowing Championships at the Nagaragawa International Regatta Course in Gifu on September 4, 2005 in Gifu, Japan. (from Getty Images)
Prince Tomohito photographed at an interview at his own residence in the Akasaka Estate on Dec. 18, 2005.
#1: Mainichi news
Prince raps panel for rushing to allow female monarchs: magazine
Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, cousin of Emperor Akihito, has criticized a government panel on imperial succession for rushing to propose allowing female monarchs in Japan, according to a Japanese monthly magazine scheduled to go on sale Tuesday.
The prince suggests in an article in the February edition of Bungei Shunju that the panel should explore other options such as reinstating the royal status of imperial branch families and said there is "no need to immediately" come to a decision.
The advisory panel to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi proposed on Nov. 24 allowing females and their descendants to ascend the throne, given that no male heir has been born into the royal family for the last 40 years, while ruling out having former imperial branch family members return to royal status. Prince Tomohito's remarks could raise eyebrows again after his controversial views, which came to light several weeks before the panel's recommendation, prompted Grand Steward of the Imperial Household Shingo Haketa to express concern..................... http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060108/kyodo/d8f0f8h00.html
Imperial Household Agency chief concerned over prince's remark
Imperial Household Agency chief Shingo Haketa expressed concern Thursday about remarks made by Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, a cousin of Emperor Akihito, criticizing a government panel on imperial succession that proposed allowing females and their descendants to ascend Japan's imperial throne.
Haketa told a press conference he "cannot help but be concerned as various remarks have emerged since the beginning of this year," and added, "Frankly, I'm really not sure how to react."................... http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060112/kyodo/d8f31ito0.html
#1: A photo of Mr. Sen on Jan. 7, 2006. serving tea during a tea ceremony #2: Mr. Sen, the son-in-law of Prince and Princess Mikasa served tea to the Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi during a tea ceremony on Jan. 16, 2006.
Mr. Sen is the husband of the former Princess Masako of Mikasa.
Emperor’s cousin: Don’t consider Crown Princess Masako’s woes in Japan succession row
TOKYO: A cousin of Emperor Akihito has said Japan should not consider the woes of Crown Princess Masako, who is under pressure to bear a male heir, in a dispute over allowing a female monarch.
Masako’s only child is four-year-old Princess Aiko, who cannot ascend the throne unless the current male-only succession law is changed.
But Prince Tomohito told Wednesday’s Sankei Shimbun: “It would be troublesome to make a decision by going down to the level of recognizing that ‘Princess Aiko is adorable’ or ‘Princess Masako would be freed from the pressure to produce an heir.’”........................... http://www.manilatimes.net/national/...60202opi7.html
Prince Tomohito told Wednesday’s Sankei Shimbun: “It would be troublesome to make a decision by going down to the level of recognizing that ‘Princess Aiko is adorable’ or ‘Princess Masako would be freed from the pressure to produce an heir.’”...........................