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Old 08-28-2008, 03:56 PM
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CP Naruhito shows signs of wanting to see a closer relationship between the Throne and the people of Japan. I'm thinking of the statements he has made during press conferences about CP Masako. I certainly wish him success is all that he seems to intend to accomplish.



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I always think of the Japanese Imperial Court as a system at once delicate and durable. One might expect that Crown Prince Naruhito would start an upheaval and modernization of the old system. Japanese courtiers might encounter big challenges by striving to harmonize tradition, politics, and their own code of behavior with the spirit of times, thereby re-crafting a role for the Imperial family. I believe that Crown Prince Naruhito will attempt to introduce certain much needed changes, but he will still attenuate sharp angles and build harmonious relationships. The latter is a must in the Japanese society.
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Old 08-28-2008, 04:19 PM
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Upon reading this article Does Japan Need Its Imperial Family? - OhmyNews International, I have to admit that certain measure should be taken to bring the Imperial family in tune with the current times. Prince Naruhito is sure to introduce some changes. However, I can not estimate the degree of these changes.
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Old 08-28-2008, 08:54 PM
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Thank you for this article, Al_bina. I've added it to my Favourites and will read it when I have the time to really absorb it.

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Upon reading this article Does Japan Need Its Imperial Family? - OhmyNews International, I have to admit that certain measure should be taken to bring the Imperial family in tune with the current times. Prince Naruhito is sure to introduce some changes. However, I can not estimate the degree of these changes.
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Old 08-28-2008, 09:17 PM
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That goes for me as well. Thanks and have saved to read later.
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Old 08-29-2008, 08:40 PM
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Many thanks...I'll enjoy it too. The sad think it's that when articles like these ones begins to appear, it's a clear shown than Monarchy in a country is near to its end.

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Many thanks...I'll enjoy it too. The sad think it's that when articles like these ones begins to appear, it's a clear shown than Monarchy in a country is near to its end.

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The article is 3 years old!!! The monarchy is Japan is not under any threat of coming to an end, even the article itself says that the Japanese Imperial Family have a higher level of support that European monarchies. David MacNeill is a foreign journalist using his western values and trying to apply them to the Japanese landscape, in this case the Imperial Family. He's asking the type of questions ( are the royals relevant? expense of the monarchy should the monarchy be abolished?) that westerners ask in relation to royals in general and expected the kind of access that far more PR conscious European royals give to the media.

The Japanese themselves don't ask these questions, there is no call for discussion on whether the royals are relevant or not. Japanese range from the ultra right wing who argue forcefully Imperial Family to remain totally unchanged to the more apathetic ( generally the young) who have little interest in the Imperial Family and despite that see no reason to get rid of them as they are a tradition and have always been part of Japanese life.
Expense? Well the only one who has suffered criticism of the cost to the Japanese taxpayer is Masako ( in the last year) She's been criticised as she's well enough to go out to dinner and socialise but still the number of official engagements she carries out are minimal. Also the 2 week holiday in The Netherlands came under some criticism, especially in a country where no employee is able to take a 2 week vacation. ( Japanese are entitled to 10 vacation days a year but can only take them in groups of 5 days and then 6 months later another 5 days) The criticism was along the lines of " taxpayers are paying for her to go on a foreign holiday" Japanese royals only holiday in Japan, the Emperor and Empress have never had a foreign holiday, only breaks at the holiday villas in Japan and unlike the British Queen's holidays in Balmoral, these holidays are not 2 months long, but a few days.

The journalistic scene in Japan is a fairly closed one, so the fact that journalists can be excluded from the Imperial news conferences isn't just due to the IHA. Journalists can and are ( particularly foreign journalists)excluded from government press conferences and other official press conferences. The Japanese union of journalists keep a tight grip on access which the foreign journalists frequently complain about. Imperial press conferences are just one example, but not the only case.

The article appeared in various publications as well as the Japanese newsweek and yet there was no fallout from it. There's been no springing up of a republican movement, no press articles asking for a debate of the relevance of the Imperial Family in Japan. No reaction, as for the Japanese it did not reflect their attitudes to their monarchy.
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Old 08-30-2008, 03:01 PM
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When posting the article in question, I did pay attention to the date. The above article has not been meant to raise the question about the monarchy abolition in Japan or rehash old discussions about Crown Princess Masako, but to show the necessity of introducing some changes, which may bring the Imperial family a bit closer to the Japanese and in tune with the current times. At the same time, I do not expect any major system overhauls.
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Old 09-02-2008, 11:38 PM
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" Japanese police have arrested a man who allegedly posted murder threats against Crown Prince Naruhito on an Internet message site ...
News Summary Royalblog.nl: Man wants to kill Japanese Crown Prince
The same news on the other sites:
Man arrested for threatening Crown Prince Naruhito on 2-channel | Japan Probe
Man arrested over threats to kill Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito - Yahoo! Canada News
Man held over Internet threat to kill crown prince › Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion
Man Arrested Over Japanese Crown Prince Death Threat « Royalty in the News
It is nice that this individual has been apprehended before he could do any harm.
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Old 09-04-2008, 02:29 AM
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OMG... Thanks to the police... I hope this kind of thing will not happen again to CP Naruhito and his family, and to other members of Imperial Family.
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Old 09-05-2008, 09:49 PM
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wow...that's a little unnerving
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Old 09-14-2008, 05:38 AM
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A widening gap between the Imperial Family and the public
On Jan. 24 in this column I wrote that "the failure of the Imperial Household Agency to comment on Crown Princess Masako makes it responsible" for the bashing by some media outlets of the Crown Princess, who is currently undergoing treatment for an adjustment disorder.
The Imperial Household Agency still has not held a press conference with the doctor in charge of the Crown Princess's treatment. Instead, at the end of July the Imperial Household Agency issued a statement by the medical team responsible for the Crown Prince and his family that asked for "consideration" regarding what was being asked. This request was prompted by questions asked by the press corps covering the Imperial Household during two separate press conferences held before the Crown Prince's solo overseas tours, questions on the process that led to the decision for Princess Masako not to accompany the Crown Prince.
The Imperial Household Agency's response to these questions could be seen as an overreaction. If nothing changes, I feel that the gap will widen between the public and the Crown Prince and Princess, and by extension the entire Imperial Family.........
A widening gap between the Imperial Family and the public - The Mainichi Daily News
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Upon reading the article provided by mandyy, I have found nothing surprising about the situation related to Crown Princess Masako. First, the IHA whipped a negative opinion indirectly, of course ... Then it acted surprised and asked the Japanese not to judge Crown Princess harshly. It is the usual routine.
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One thing that I found interesting about this article is that the word "encouragement" is used as though it refers to something inappropriate, as something implying pressure tactics. Could this be a mistranslation from the original Japanese?


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Upon reading the article provided by mandyy, I have nothing surprising about the situation related to Crown Princess Masako. First, the IHA whipped a negative opinion indirectly, of course ... Then it acted surprised and asked the Japanese not to judge Crown Princess harshly. It is the usual routine.
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Old 09-15-2008, 06:08 PM
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Mermaid 1962,
I fully agree with your assumptions related to the word "encouragement".
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... According to the Imperial Household Agency, reporters' questions, which were nothing more than "encouragement," could not only delay Princess Masako's recovery, but may make her condition worse. ...
The word "encouragement" in this sentence takes on a negative meaning. Paraphrasing the above sentence, the following can be said. " ... Reporters' questions can be viewed as a vehicle for aggravating Crown Princess Masako's illness and, thus, putting her full recovery off".
The article has made valid points about
the last minute canceletions of the official engagements alongside Crown Prince Naruhito. At this point, I am curious whether the conrtoversial sitaution that surrounds Crown Princess Masako is the direct result of her being ill or court games by the IHA.
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Old 10-03-2008, 01:42 AM
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'Time' stood still on day Crown Prince proposed

On the afternoon of Dec. 12, 1992, Masako Owada, then a 29-year-old diplomat, visited an exhibition by a famous calligrapher at a Tokyo department store and was gazing at the kanji "Toki" ("Time").
Hours earlier, she had accepted Crown Prince Naruhito's marriage proposal.........
'Time' stood still on day Crown Prince proposed*| The Japan Times Online
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Old 10-05-2008, 04:59 PM
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That's a wonderful picture of Masako that accompanies the article. Her outfit is so bright and stylish, and she looks so happy.

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'Time' stood still on day Crown Prince proposed

On the afternoon of Dec. 12, 1992, Masako Owada, then a 29-year-old diplomat, visited an exhibition by a famous calligrapher at a Tokyo department store and was gazing at the kanji "Toki" ("Time").
Hours earlier, she had accepted Crown Prince Naruhito's marriage proposal.........
'Time' stood still on day Crown Prince proposed*| The Japan Times Online
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Are you referring to the picture in the article? That was taken in Saudi Arabia on their first official tour together.

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yeah, thanks. i don't saw it, that was long time ago
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Masako & Naruhito

Pr. Masako always beautiful!
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