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Old 08-03-2016, 08:02 PM
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The Family of Crown Princess Masako - The Owadas

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Masako is the eldest daughter of Yumiko Egashira and Hisashi Owada who is a senior diplomat and former president of the International Court of Justice. She has two younger sisters, twins named Setsuko and Reiko

Masako went to live in Moscow with her parents when she was two years old, where she attended Detskiysad (kindergarten in Russian) No. 1127 daycare.
At the age of five, Masako's family moved to New York City, where she attended New York City public kindergarten No. 81.

In 1971, the Owadas returned to Japan, moving in with her maternal grandparents in Meguro while Hisashi returned to the Foreign Ministry office.[5] After failing the entrance examination and attending two other schools in a span of a few weeks, Masako was able to enter Futaba Gakuen, a private Roman Catholic girls' school in Denenchofu, Tokyo. Established by the Congregation of the Holy Infant Jesus in 1872, Masako's mother and maternal grandmother had graduated from this school as well. (...)
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Old 08-03-2016, 08:15 PM
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Mr Egashira Utaka, Crown Princess Masako's maternal grandfather, owned CHISSO Corporation. CHISSO is the chemical company that is responsible for the Minamata disease.
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More on the Crown Princess's family and the problem with her grandfather:

A German book about Crown Princess Masako

A German book about Crown Princess Masako
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Masako's father, Hisashi Owada will retire from the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands and return to Japan. His term ends in 2021 but with the Emperor's abdication and Masako becoming Empress when CP Naruhito ascends in 2019, the government decided on Mr. Owada's retirement. Professor Yuji Iwasawa from the University of Tokyo is among the candidates to replace him.

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It was initially intended that Owada would continue in his ICJ role at The Hague until his term expired in 2021. However, it is thought that the government has decided to cut his term short, taking into account the fact his daughter is set to become the Empress of Japan, in tandem with Crown Prince Naruhito's ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne, scheduled for May 1, 2019.

Prior to becoming an ICJ judge in 2003, Owada also held roles such as vice-minister for foreign affairs and ambassador to the United Nations. In 2009, he became the first Japanese person to become president of the ICJ, and continued working at the organization even after stepping down as president in 2012.

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Hisashi Owada met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on February 13th. Mr. Owada will send his resignation letter to the director of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on June 6th and officially retire the next day.

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Interesting development. Does that mean they consider it inappropriate for the father of the empress to hold such a position or do they like to have him back in Japan so they can support their daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter?

Do you think he had any say in this himself or is he just ordered to step down?
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Hisashi Owada at a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York on May 17th.

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Departing ICJ Judge Hisashi Owada stresses importance of UNSC working with court to maintain peace | The Japan Times
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“The International Court of Justice can have a role to play in actively contributing to the maintenance of peace and security in parallel with the Security Council, which bears primary responsibility for this purpose,” he said at a high-level meeting.

The 85-year-old judge was among leading experts who weighed in at the daylong event focused on international law. It attracted high-level politicians at an especially relevant time when multiple crises are converging and posing challenges to the international body.

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In reference to justice and its importance, Owada emphasized the vital role that the ICJ plays because it “signifies that international peace and security is to be maintained in parallel with the realization of justice.”

Meanwhile, Japanese Ambassador to the United Nations Koro Bessho noted that the ICJ and the 15-member Security Council, which can adopt resolutions, are the international body’s only two organs “capable of making legally binding decisions.”

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With Owada’s departure on the horizon, Bessho and U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley were among those who praised his long-standing service.
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Was there a date given for his retirement?
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Yes, he'll submit his resignation letter on June 6 and officially retire the next day. See post 5 above.
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Yes, he'll submit his resignation letter on June 6 and officially retire the next day. See post 5 above.
Thank you, I should have looked higher up the thread.
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Kyodo News interviewed Hisashi Owada on June 6, the day before his retirement.

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He pursued a work aiming to realize the rule of law for the creation of a peaceful world, he said, "I was happy." Meanwhile, the actions of the major powers that intensify the tendency to deviate from the rule of law sounded alarming as "extremely dangerous."
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Kyodo News interviewed Hisashi Owada on June 6, the day before his retirement.

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He pursued a work aiming to realize the rule of law for the creation of a peaceful world, he said, "I was happy." Meanwhile, the actions of the major powers that intensify the tendency to deviate from the rule of law sounded alarming as "extremely dangerous."
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Masako's father, Hisashi Owada will retire from the International Court of Justice in the Netherlands and return to Japan. His term ends in 2021 but with the Emperor's abdication and Masako becoming Empress when CP Naruhito ascends in 2019, the government decided on Mr. Owada's retirement. Professor Yuji Iwasawa from the University of Tokyo is among the candidates to replace him.

Source: FNN, Mainichi

ETA: Crown Princess's father to retire from int'l judge role, return to Japan - The Mainichi

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It was initially intended that Owada would continue in his ICJ role at The Hague until his term expired in 2021. However, it is thought that the government has decided to cut his term short, taking into account the fact his daughter is set to become the Empress of Japan, in tandem with Crown Prince Naruhito's ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne, scheduled for May 1, 2019.
I wonder if he elaborates on the comment in the full interview, if we assume that is a preview. I don't understand why the government would compel him to retire from the ICJ if they are allowing him to continue commenting on political issues.
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