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Old 10-14-2013, 08:07 AM
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im curious is the crown princess accepted by her in laws even though she cant have a son? and when did this illness come around im pretty new to japan royals
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:24 AM
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You can find answers to your questions spread all over this forum. Regarding Masakos illness, you might like to take a look at this blog and this thread, regarding the courting and the relationship of the crown prince and princess, see here, and if you are willing to invest some more time to get the whole story from the beginning, see here. (These are only suggestions of where you could begin, of course.)
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:25 AM
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Thanks for the updates!
It is great that Crown Princely couple undertook the sports engagements. Hopefully Crown Princess Masako shall be able to attend more engagements during the Olympic Games in 2020.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:27 AM
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im curious is the crown princess accepted by her in laws even though she cant have a son? and when did this illness come around im pretty new to japan royals
The Japanese Royal family lives a very secluded life away from the public,we can only speculate and use our common sense to intrepret the facts, information and pictures that are available.
I would guess that CP Masako had a very difficult time in the JRF-not only due to the fact that she did not have a son...there are several reasons and explanations for being unable to deliver a son, but most people seem to think it is sufficient to put all the blame on CP Masako (something that also happened to CP Letizia of Spain and regularly happens to common women who do not have more or less control over the gender of their babies than royal ladies do!)

CP Masako was leading a very different life before she got married, the whole change of lifestyle and the fact that she had very little in common with the other princesses seem to be one of the main reasons why she did not feel comfortable in her new position...being constantly critisized and having the IHA control every move she takes does make it understandable why CP Masako became depressed. There are other royals who are having certain issues, but they are not so well-known and publicised like CP Masakos "adjustment disorders"....

There are several threads on TRF (and also some informative articles and books) covering this topic, you may find it useful to read some of them:-)
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:16 PM
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I'm so pleased with the public events CP Masako is taking on.
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Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended the opening ceremony of the Global Environment Action conference in Tokyo on October 18, 2013.



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Old 10-31-2013, 02:11 PM
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It is nice to see CP Masako out and about. Im glad she is feeling better. I was a little concerned for her when she was constantly feeling ill, not to mention the media talking about it. She must be getting the help that she needs or she is just accepting the fact that her life is what it is.
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Today, the crown prince and princess arrived in Iwate prefecture where they will meet evacuees of the Fukushima disaster who still live in temporary housing: 1 ** 2 ** 3 ** 4 ** 5





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Old 11-01-2013, 12:06 PM
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It is nice to see CP Masako out and about. Im glad she is feeling better. I was a little concerned for her when she was constantly feeling ill, not to mention the media talking about it. She must be getting the help that she needs or she is just accepting the fact that her life is what it is.
I suppose there are several reasons for why Masako seems actually to be getting better but one is probably Aikos growth. Imo it is very meaningful that while Masako had had to live under difficult circumstances for many years before, she became unable to function in this environment only after Aiko was born and when she met with what must have been to her mother utter depreciation and a depressing lack of tender feeling towards this long-awaited child. Masako must have been worried if Aiko would ever get the chance to grow up healthily in this negative atmosphere, and when Aiko ended up being bullied at school, this must have seemed to the crown princess as if her worst nightmare had finally become true.
However this might have come to pass, though, Aiko seems to be doing quite well lately, and whatever difficulties she still may have to tackle, she obviously succeeds in dealing with them on her own.

In this article it is said that Aiko is an outstanding student, often gets full marks when they are doing tests at school and particularly excels in languages, namely English. (Google translation)
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Old 11-02-2013, 11:36 AM
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Today, the crown prince and princess met evacuees of the Fukushima disaster who still live in temporary housing in Kamaishi, Iwate prefecture.

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Besides, they visited Ono Foods Co., a seafood processing company in Kamaishi. The company's operation was affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami: 1 ** 2





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Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako offered encouragement Saturday to evacuees from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami as they visited an temporary housing in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture. [...] It was the first time that Crown Princess Masako has carried out an official duty involving an overnight stay in the country since she attended a memorial ceremony in January 2010 to mark the 15th anniversary of a deadly earthquake that flattened Kobe and its vicinity.
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Crown prince, princess encourage Iwate residents

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Another beautiful picture of Masako at the opening ceremony of the Global Environment Action conference in Tokyo on October 18, 2013.
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:15 PM
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Princess Masako attends more official functions
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Crown Princess Masako, who has been recuperating from a health problem since December 2003, has begun attending more official functions. On Nov. 1 and 2, the crown princess took an overnight trip for the first time in three years and 10 months, to Iwate Prefecture, which was hit hard by tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake. She also attended a tea party at the Imperial Palace in honor of recipients of the 2013 Order of Culture awards.

Although it is too early to declare her fully recovered, the crown princess health condition became better after she visited the Netherlands with Crown Prince Naruhito this past spring, according to officials in the Imperial Household Agency. During a visit to a temporary housing complex in the afternoon of Nov. 2 in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, Princess Masako talked to elderly people for nearly an hour, bending down to give comforting words to those who sat in chairs, with her face close to them. While visiting a day service center for the elderly, the princess greeted everyone with a broad smile while the elderly did physical exercises. The crown princess did not seem to have fatigue even after the rare overnight stay in Morioka the previous night. [...]

Crown Princess Masako attended 13 meetings held at the crown princes palace, including those with Japanese envoys who were assigned to foreign countries and with specialists who briefed the royal couple about issues in various fields from July 1 to Nov. 11 this year. She also attended a total of seven events held in Tokyo outside the palace during the same period, compared to two at the Crown Princes Palace and one within Tokyo during the same period last year. [...]

Improvements in her health have been apparent if one looks at events the crown princess attended this year. In the past, events with big crowds were avoided as, Such an occasion may give too much stress, to the crown princess, according to an attendant of the crown princes family. However, Crown Princess Masako and the crown prince went up to a podium for the first time in 4 years at a ceremony of the International Youth Exchange Programs of the Cabinet Office in September. The crown princess also attended an opening ceremony of the annual national sports festival for people with disabilities held at Tokyos Ajinomoto Stadium packed with about 26,000 athletes and spectators in October.

Two days of official duties in a row was a rarity so as not to make the crown princess tired. However, Princess Masako watched a basketball game, among other events, the day after she attended the opening ceremony for the sports festival for the disabled. [...]

If the expectation for her to fulfill official duties comes too early, it may bring about a counterproductive result. [The crown princess] needs to widen the scope of activities with a proper balance while taking her private life into consideration, an official close to the crown princess said.
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On November 18, the crown prince and princess attended a concert of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Tokyo:
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It is great news. It is nice to know that Crown Princess Masako's work schedule will be increased gradually.
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I'm pleased for her, that things seem to be getting easier for her. I think she has been very brave.
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Old 12-01-2013, 01:44 AM
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It is great news. It is nice to know that Crown Princess Masako's work schedule will be increased gradually.
Gosh, this really, really sounds promising.
Please, start veeeeery slowly - but steadily.
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I must say a huge Thank You for all the information on this wonderful lady who lives in very difficult situation. I am such a fan of hers and understand what she is going through. I wish her the very best and hopefully a more peaceful life in the IAH household. Your research and information has been such an eye opener for me into this royal family. If I could I would give you an award for all that you do...please write a book and let me be the first to buy one. Kitten
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CP Masako actually looks younger now than she did a few years ago. Her face doesn't have that drawn look that it did. Bravo, YIH!
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It's wonderful to see that the crown princess is improving! Her recent birthday pictures are lovely, she doesn't look a day older than 40! I hope she continues to make good recovery!
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Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended a performance of traditional songs and dances from the Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures at the National Theatre in Tokyo on January 25, 2014. The event was held to support the prefectures after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011.



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I really look forward to hearing more positive news about Princess Masako.
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It seems that as long as you do not expect a full recovery in the very near future, your wish has a good chance of being granted. For the first time in four years, Princess Masako was present at the emperors birthday banquet: 1 ** 2 ** 3 ** 4

Shortly before her last birthday, the Asahi Shimbun wrote that Princess Masako’s health improves ahead of 50th birthday:
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After a decade of recuperating, Crown Princess Masako’s health has significantly improved in recent months, leading to an increased number of official duties ahead of her 50th birthday on Dec. 9.
A call from a royal family member overseas, her daughter’s own recovery from anxieties, and the strong bond with her husband are behind Masako’s renewed strength and confidence, people close to her said. [...]

On Nov. 2 this year, Masako visited temporary housing facilities in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, for evacuees from the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. [...] Outside the facility, Masako broke from her schedule and approached a small girl held by her mother. With a soft expression on her face, the princess asked the girl, “Are you 1 year old?” [...]

People close to Masako say her health improved after she attended the coronation ceremony for Dutch King Willem-Alexander on April 30. Masako had been worried about attending the ceremony in her condition. But the king’s wife, then Crown Princess Maxima, directly called Masako to invite her to join the ceremony and celebrate the coronation. [...]

Those who know Masako also said she lost confidence in herself because she sometimes felt she was not needed in the daily lives and events of the imperial family. Crown Prince Naruhito in May 2004 stood up for his wife, saying there were “developments that denied Crown Princess Masako’s career … as well as her personality driven by her career.”

Those close to the princess, a Harvard graduate and former diplomat, say her strong bond with the crown prince supported her through the tough times. Before their wedding, Masako told her friends about her dates with Naruhito. One friend quoted Masako as saying shyly, “Yesterday, I was told this by the crown prince … .” The friend thought happily that Masako had fallen in love with Naruhito.

Masako’s health condition still fluctuates, but she appears to be overcoming the disorder on her own. [...]
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I must say a huge Thank You for all the information on this wonderful lady who lives in very difficult situation. I am such a fan of hers and understand what she is going through. I wish her the very best and hopefully a more peaceful life in the IAH household. Your research and information has been such an eye opener for me into this royal family. If I could I would give you an award for all that you do...please write a book and let me be the first to buy one. Kitten
Thank you very, very much, SElizabeth, for your kind words! They mean a lot to me. If I ever should write a book, Ill make sure to let you know. I wish that the Japanese media who push their sales by slandering the princess (see this article) would but understand how many sympathies and international interest the princess gathers for her country. I am interested in all the members of the imperial family but I keep making the experience that even people who would not know the name of Japans emperor care for Masako and feel an intense interest in her fate. Obviously, it is a gift she was born with and that could be a huge benefit for the monarchy - if only it was duly recognized.

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CP Masako actually looks younger now than she did a few years ago. Her face doesn't have that drawn look that it did. Bravo, YIH!
I quite agree. May she continue like that!

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It's wonderful to see that the crown princess is improving! Her recent birthday pictures are lovely, she doesn't look a day older than 40! I hope she continues to make good recovery!
Amen, say I!

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Crown princely family driving to the palace for the emperors birthday dinner: 1 ** 2

N & M driving to the palace for lunch on December 26: 1 ** 2

N & M driving to the palace for the New Years greeting (very nice! )

Crown princely family driving to the palace on New Years day

N & M talking to each other during the public appearance for the New Year celebrations: 1 ** 2

Two more pictures of the event National Theatre in Tokyo on January 25, 2014: 1 ** 2
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