Princess Aiko turns four as Japan debates end to male-only rule
TOKYO (AFP) - Princess Aiko, the only child of Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito, turned four amid debate on a plan to break with more than two centuries of male-only rule to avert a succession crisis.
The Imperial Household Agency released pictures of Aiko taking a walk with her mother, Crown Princess Masako, in the garden of the Crown Prince's Palace in central Tokyo...... http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051201...o_051201060908
Succession debated as Japan's Princess Aiko turns 4
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Aiko turned four on Thursday as debate swirled over a proposal to change the imperial succession law to enable her to become the first female to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne in centuries.
Aiko, who has shed her baby fat but is still the spitting image of her father, Crown Prince Naruhito, clutched a stuffed animal and waved from a limousine on her way to visit her grandparents, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.
Photos released by the Imperial Household Agency, which orchestrates the royal family's public appearances, showed Aiko in a round of activities from finger-painting and "rhythmic dancing" to playing with clay and gathering mandarin oranges with her parents in their palace garden........ http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/news...N-PRINCESS.xml
LEAD: Princess Aiko celebrates 4th birthday
Princess Aiko, the only daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, visited the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday to meet her grandparents, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, on the occasion of her fourth birthday....... http://asia.news.yahoo.com/051201/kyodo/d8e77uv02.html
Princess Aiko turns 4, looks forward to kindergarten
Princess Aiko, the only daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, turned 4 on Nov. 1, as discussions continued over whether to change the Imperial House Law and allow females and their descendants to ascend to the Imperial throne....... http://mdn.mainichi-msn.co.jp/nation...na015000c.html
#1-5,7: Birthday photos provided by Imperial Household Agency via Mainichi news
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Princess Masako did not participate in the celebrations in honor of her daughter and, although she accompanied to Aiko until the imperial enclosure, did not enter the dependencies of its fathers-in-law, then, according to she indicated Kyodo agency, she is observing a period of mourning by the death of its grandmother, Suzuko Egashira, the last year.
Japan ends decade of gloom with year of love
Japan has declared 2005 the year of "love" after a decade dominated by "disaster", "collapse", "poison" and other manifestations of doom and gloom.
In a poll scrutinised for its insights into the nation's mood, "love" jumped from 12th place last year to beat "reform" as the word that best summed up this year........ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main...3/ixworld.html
The craft is really good for such a young person! She did have help from her parents but I can imagine Aiko working really hard on this. She seems like such a sweetie! May she be a great Empress one day...hopefully!
EYE ON ASIA
By Brian Bremner The Princess and the Workforce The controversy over bringing four-year-old Princess Aiko into the line of royal succession may have larger implications for Japan's women and economy
The Japanese royal at the center of a national debate is all of four years old, and she's hardly the stuff of tabloid headlines. When the Japanese Imperial Household Agency releases photos of Princess Aiko, it's usually along the lines of the little princess digging sweet potatoes with her mother, Crown Princess Masako, at one of the Imperial family's royal palaces. Following Princess Aiko is about as scintillating as a covering a croquet tournament for the 80-plus set................ http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/...n_id=rss_daily