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Fighting for a Dream to Come True – 16th Wedding Anniversary of Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako of Japan

  June 9, 2009 at 12:07 am by

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan met his future bride Masako Owada first on October 18, 1986. A party had been arranged to celebrate the visit of Princess Elena of Spain; but it was also a way of enabling the heir to the throne to meet a selection of forty eligible young women, among them Masako. The prince was immediately smitten: Masako, a charming, attractive and intelligent Harvard-graduate, had only recently … Continue reading

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Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako To Represent Tokyo Olympic Bid Campaign?

  June 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm by

Tokyo’s Olympic bid committee will be soliciting help from Japan’s imperial royal family for its bid campaign that was launched last month by Prime Minister Taro Aso. The final decision about the Olympic host 2016 will be taken by the International Olympic Committee on October 2nd. Tokyo’s committee will make a formal request through the government for Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako to present the city’s bid on … Continue reading

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Prince and Princess Akishino Returning Home from their European Tour

  May 26, 2009 at 11:01 am by

On Saturday, Prince and Princess Akishino arrived back home from their tour to the Danube countries – Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. In Romania, the fourth and last leg of their journey, the couple paid a courtesy visit to President Basescu on Wednesday and met with Chairman of the Romanian Senate Mircea Geoana and Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Roberta Anastase. On the programme of the four-day visit were … Continue reading

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Singapore President Warmly Welcomed by Japanese Royals

  May 13, 2009 at 12:08 pm by

During a state visit of Singapore president S. R. Nathan to Japan, the Singapore leader and his wife were hosted by Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at a state banquet on Monday. In his welcome speech, the emperor remembered that during his first visit to Singapore in 1970, he and his wife (who were still crown prince and crown princess at the time) had planted seedlings of the Japanese … Continue reading

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Japanese Crown Prince Performing Beethoven

  May 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm by

On Sunday, when the Shunyukai Symphony Orchestra performed Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in Tokyo, Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan played the viola. (Article) This has been the sixth time for the prince to perform in the amateur orchestra, of which he is an honorary member. The prince who is known to be passionately fond of music also sometimes plays viola in the orchestra of Gakushuin University, his old school in Tokyo, … Continue reading

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Five Years Ago: Prince Naruhito’s “Declaration of War” on the IHA

  May 11, 2009 at 7:47 am by

On May 10, 2004, Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan was scheduled for a news conference. Nobody expected anything spectacular or even especially interesting from this event. All public relations of the imperial family members are organized by the Imperial Household Agency (IHA) which sets up news conferences only on certain occasions, the most frequent being birthdays and visits of the royals to foreign countries. The journalists who are invited to … Continue reading

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A New Puppy to Comfort Princess Aiko

  May 6, 2009 at 11:50 am by

Last weekend, on a trip to the imperial ranch outside Tokyo, Princess Aiko, only daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan, happily showed her new puppy, Yuri, to the public. Princess Aiko entered the second grade at Gakushuin Primary School this April. Sometime this year, Mari, one of the two dogs of the crown prince’s family, died. The dogs Mari and Pippi had already been living … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Masako: One Big Step More on the Way Towards Recovery

  April 21, 2009 at 11:48 am by

Last Sunday, Crown Princess Masako of Japan, who has suffered stress-induced illness while struggling to adjust to royal life, made her first public appearance outside of Tokyo in about 15 months. The princess attended the 20th national “Midori no Aigo” green conservation event at the Yokohama Animal Forest Park, along with her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito. After an address of the crown prince on the importance of greenery in attempts … Continue reading

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Japanese royals attending exhibition

  April 16, 2009 at 12:54 pm by

Numerous events were scheduled to mark the golden wedding anniversary of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan on April 10. There was the evening party, a private family dinner and visits with government officials. People formed a long line in front of the imperial palace on Friday morning to express their congratulations on the occasion of the wedding anniversary by signing their names in well-wishers books. And there was … Continue reading

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Is Japan’s Monarchy Anti-Democratic?

  March 29, 2009 at 8:50 pm by

“The monarchy is a brake on any hopes of deepening Japanese democracy and making it real. As long as it exists, democracy has quotes around it.” This is the opinion of Herbert Bix who has written a book about Emperor Hirohito that won the Pulitzer-prize. As Bix is an expert concerning the Japanese monarchy, his words are certainly well worth to be taken into careful consideration, disagreeable as their implications … Continue reading

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Crown Prince and Family in Nagano for Vacation

  March 26, 2009 at 11:46 pm by

Crown Prince Naruhito, his wife Crown Princess Masako and their daughter Princess Aiko arrived on March 24 at JR Nagano Station. They will stay at a hotel in northern Nagano Prefecture for several days to enjoy skiing.

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Crown Prince Naruhito Gives Keynote Address to Water Forum

  March 17, 2009 at 12:55 pm by

At the opening of the 5th World Water Forum (WWF) on Monday in Istanbul, Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito said in his keynote speech that he hopes the international community will increase its efforts to tackle the issue of global warming as it is closely related to water-related issues in the world. The prince especially stressed the significance of a free and open discussion of global water issues. Government ministers from … Continue reading

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A True Fighter Will Never Give Up: Emperor Akihito of Japan and His Sense of Duty

  February 26, 2009 at 6:31 pm by

The Imperial Household Agency disclosed last month that it intends to lessen the burden on Emperor Akihito of Japan by reducing his duties throughout the year. There is apparently good reason in this measure: 75-year-old Akihito is shouldering a workload that surpasses that of his father, Emperor Showa, in considerable measure. Emperor Showa, at age 74, met foreign dignitaries and ambassadors on 75 occasions in one year, his son did … Continue reading

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Prince Naruhito Refuses To Comment on Internal Family Matters to the Press

  February 23, 2009 at 8:47 pm by

Crown Prince Naruhito, the next heir to the Chrysanthemum throne, is celebrating his 49th birthday today. On this occasion he has given a news conference last Friday in his Tokyo residence. The Crown Prince expressed his concern for his overworked father´s burden and promised to do all he could to help alleviating it. Concerning his ailing wife, Crown Princess Masako, the Prince said that he does not expect her to … Continue reading

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Wisdom from Ancient Tradition and the 21st Century’s Vitality to be Unified: the Difficult Mission of Japan’s Heir

  February 23, 2009 at 10:46 am by

The life of Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan, who is celebrating his 49th birthday today; has, right from the beginning, been formed by extremes. His birth, only 9 months after his parents’ wedding on April 10, 1959 (see video) had of course been welcomed by a huge wave of national joy and pride: “It is a boy!” But this warm reception would not guarantee the new baby an easy life, … Continue reading

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Little Princess Aiko of Japan Smiles at her Father’s Return

  February 18, 2009 at 1:08 am by

15 February 2009: With happy faces Crown Princess Masako of Japan and her daughter Aiko welcomed their husband and father Naruhito back home from his trip to Vietnam. On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties between the countries, the heir to the Japanese throne visited Hanoi, Hue, Quang Nam, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City and Tien Giang. While in Ho Chi Minh City, Prince … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Naruhito inspects classes at Japanese school in Vietnam

  February 16, 2009 at 1:56 am by

During his state visit to Vietnam, Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan visited a Japanese school in Ho Chi Minh City.The Crown Prince inspected an English conversation lesson for second-year elementary school children and an integrated studies class for first-year junior high school students on Friday. The friendly contact between the Vietnam and Japan is no matter of course: in 1991, the two countries re-established diplomatic relations. Before that date, Japan … Continue reading

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Crown Prince Naruhito in Vietnam Alone

  February 12, 2009 at 1:47 pm by

Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan is presently visiting Vietnam. He left Tokyo on the 9th February and will stay in Vietnam until the 15th. The prince is going to attend welcoming ceremonies and meet with top officials in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi before heading down to the ancient capital of Hue, the southern business center of Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong River. The heir to the Japanese … Continue reading

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Japan’s Crown Prince on Week-Long Visit to Vietnam

  February 11, 2009 at 5:04 am by

Crown Prince Naruhito is currently embarking on the first visit of a member of Japan’s Imperial Family to the communist nation of Vietnam. The Prince arrived on February 9, and will spend a week in the country. The trip marks the 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Japan and Vietnam. On his first official day, February 10; Naruhito met with Vietnam’s Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan at the Presidential Palace … Continue reading

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New Year’s Waka Poetry Reading Ceremony

  January 17, 2009 at 12:16 am by

On 15 January the annual New Year’s waka poetry reading ceremony (utakai hajime) took place at the Imperial Palace in the presence of Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, and other members of the Imperial family. Although Crown Princess Masako, who has been suffering from adjustment disorder, submitted a poem, she did not attend. Waka is an ancient form of poetry. The poems have five lines consisting of 31 … Continue reading

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