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Old 08-14-2021, 01:38 AM
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On August 13th, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko remotely attended the opening ceremony of the Inter-High School Championships in Echizen City, Fukui. The sports festival was canceled last year. 6 prefectures (Fukui, Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa, Nagano, and Wakayama) are hosting this year's festival.

The Crown Prince sent a pre-recorded message and the couple spoke to students involved in public relations for the festival.

Photos: NHK, Mainichi, Sankei, Nikkei

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Old 08-20-2021, 01:57 AM
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On August 17th, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko remotely attended the Team Japan unity ceremony for the Tokyo Paralympics. The prince sent a video message. Most of the 255 athletes attended online.

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Old 09-11-2021, 05:09 AM
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Crown Princess Kiko turns 55 on September 11

The Imperial Household Agency released photos and video taken on August 23 along with written answers to IHA press questions. She's looking at books summarizing nurses' reports during the pandemic.

Written responses: https://www.kunaicho.go.jp/page/kaiken/show/45 (Google translation)

Photos: Sankei, Sankei2, Sankei3, Sankei4, Yomiuri, AFPBB

Crown Princess Kiko Mum on Daughter's Marriage Prospects | Nippon.com
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Japanese Crown Princess Kiko declined to answer questions about prospects for the marriage of Princess Mako

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Japan Crown Princess respects her daughter's thoughts on postponed marriage - The Mainichi
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"There are things that we agree and disagree on, but we want to tell each other what we think is necessary, and I would like to respect my eldest daughter's feelings as much as possible," the crown princess said in a statement released by the Imperial Household Agency.

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In the statement, the crown princess said, "As a parent, I am having many conversations with my daughter so that I can accept her feelings and thoughts," but did not touch on specific discussions they had or the outlook for the couple's marriage plans.

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Crown Princess Kiko also touched on the future and the possibility of marriage for her 26-year-old second daughter, Princess Kako, in the statement, saying, "I would like to hear (her) thoughts carefully and cherish family talks."

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The crown princess vowed to continue supporting the crown prince while expressing her willingness to respect Prince Hisahito's decision on which school he wants to attend after graduating from Ochanomizu University Junior High School.

As Japan continues to grapple with surging coronavirus infections, the crown princess said, "I have spent the past year worrying about the difficulties and hardships that many people are going through," while expressing her gratitude to health care workers.
ETA: Kiko pledges to ‘respect’ Princess Mako’s feelings about marriage | The Asahi Shimbun
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“We have continued to hold conservations, so that I can accept the thoughts and feelings of my daughter,” Kiko added. “While there have been matters that I could empathize with, there were also areas where our opinions differed.”

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Kiko also touched upon the ceremony held in November 2020 proclaiming her husband, Fumihito, as crown prince.

“While supporting him in whatever way I can, I want to perform each and every duty with even more seriousness,” she wrote.

Kiko wrote that most of her official duties and participation in events have been performed online due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, adding that she had heard directly about activities in various sectors or taken part personally in events even during the health scare, in her roles, among other things, as head of the Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association and Imperial Gift Foundation Boshi Aiiku Kai.
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Old 09-13-2021, 06:22 AM
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Thanks!

She very diplomatically answers (or not) the questions on the upcoming marriage of Mako and marriage prospects of Kako.

Interesting to know that Hisahito's parents will apparently allow him to freely choose his own high school.
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Old 09-17-2021, 02:31 AM
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On September 15th, Crown Princess Kiko attended the online 22nd World Congress of the International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP). She also sent a video message for the opening ceremony.

Photo: Sankei

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Old 10-01-2021, 01:19 AM
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On September 29th, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko watched the Fukuoka Prize award ceremony in Fukuoka Prefecture. The Crown Prince also sent a video message.

Photos/video: Sankei, Sankei Imperial Weekly 712, fnn.jp
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Old 10-05-2021, 01:24 PM
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On October 4th, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko remotely attended the "150th anniversary ceremony of the Minting Business" at the Japan Mint in Osaka. The crown prince sent a video message.

Photos: Sankei, Mainichi


ETA: On October 5th, Crown Prince Akishino and Princess Mako received National Order of Merit medals from the Paraguayan government. They made official visits to Paraguay in 2006 and 2016 respectively.

Photos: Asahi, Sankei, Mainichi, fnn.jp

Crown Prince Akishino, Princess Mako Get Medals from Paraguay | Nippon.com
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[...] The two were honored for their contributions to strengthening ties between Japan and the South American country.

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At the Akasaka Estate in Tokyo's Minato Ward, the Paraguayan Ambassador to Japan handed a box containing the medal each to Crown Prince Akishino and Princess Mako.

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Old 10-11-2021, 09:28 PM
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Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko remotely attended the 44th National Tree Growing Festival in Hokkaido Prefecture October 9-10.

On the 9th, the couple connected to Tomakomai City for a tree care event where they inspected how the Picea glehnii, planted by his parents in 2007, was growing. Then, they met children and groups involved in conservation in Tomakomai and Sapporo.

On the 10th, the crown prince couple connected to the opening ceremony in Sapporo with video message from the prince.

Photos/video: Sankei, Mainichi, FNN

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Old 10-12-2021, 04:23 PM
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Crown Prince & Crown Princess Akishino Current Events Part 1: May 2019 -

On October 12th, Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako and Princess Kako watched the movie "Emu" commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Japanese Federation of the Deaf at the Akishino residence. They are all adept at Japanese sign language and Princess Kako works part-time for the federation.

Photo: Sankei

https://emu-movie.jp/

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Old 10-12-2021, 05:26 PM
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Makes you wonder why prince Hisahito was excluded from watching this movie with his parents and siblings... At age 15, I don't think he would be 'too young' to watch a movie like that.
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Old 10-13-2021, 10:35 PM
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Crown Prince Akishino didn't attend either. \_(ツ)_/
The movie event appears to be limited to those who are involved in Japanese sign language or deaf activities.

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Old 10-13-2021, 10:56 PM
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It doesn't look like a fun activity at all. Hopefully they enjoyed it a bit more once the cameras were gone. Now they were mainly 'sitting up'.
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Old 10-18-2021, 07:09 AM
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Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko attended a ceremony at the Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, today, October 18:


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Old 10-21-2021, 12:37 AM
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Crown Princess Kiko's father Tatsuhiko Kawashima (81) was urgently hospitalized in Tokyo on October 19. His condition has not been disclosed. He is professor emeritus at Gakushuin University, specializing in economic statistics, and served as advisor to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. He was also professor at Doshisha University until 2011.

Crown Princess Kiko, Princess Mako, and Princess Kako went to the hospital around 2:30pm. By 4pm, Crown Princess Kiko had returned to the residence for public duties with Crown Prince Akishino.

Sources: news24.jp, Sankei, Yomiuri

Crown Princess Kiko's Father Hospitalized | Nippon.com
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... The Crown Princess and her two daughters, Princess Mako and Princess Kako, visited the hospital to see him on Tuesday afternoon, according to the sources...

On October 19th, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko remotely attended the 2021 Japan Foundation Awards from their residence.

Photo: Yomiuri

Wishing Professor Kawashima a speedy recovery!
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Old 10-30-2021, 02:15 PM
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On October 30th, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko remotely attended the 61st Overseas Nikkei Games opening ceremony from their residence. The prince sent a recorded message. About 560 people participated from 32 countries.

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Old 11-03-2021, 01:03 AM
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On November 1st, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko remotely attended the 150th anniversary ceremony of the National Printing Bureau from their residence. They also inspected a factory in Tokyo and the prince sent a video message.

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Old 11-04-2021, 02:19 AM
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Crown Princess Kiko's father, Tatsuhiko Kawashima, died at 81 at a hospital in Tokyo before noon on November 4. His daughter Kiko and grandchildren Mako, Kako, and Hisahito visited him since his hospitalization on October 19.

He was professor emeritus at Gakushuin University, specializing in economic statistics, and an expert advisor to a committee of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. He also led volunteer activities in northwestern Thailand for over a dozen years at Doshisha University.

The family will be in mourning.
Crown Prince Akishino - 7 days
Crown Princess Kiko - 90 days
Princess Kako and Prince Hisahito - 30 days

Sources: NHK, Jiji

Condolences to the Kawashima and Akishino families.

ETA: Japan Crown Princess Kiko's father Tatsuhiko Kawashima dies at 81 - Kyodo News

Father of Japan's Crown Princess Kiko Dies at 81 | Nippon.com
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Old 11-04-2021, 06:21 AM
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Sad news. May he rest in peace.

Good that Princess Mako managed to say goodbye to him before moving to the States.
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Old 11-04-2021, 07:32 AM
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The family will be in mourning.

Does that mean they will be dressed in black and visiting the temple(s) to pray every day? And/or refraining from their royal duties?


I'm glad Mako visited her grandfather. She might've told him, "Grandpa, I'm finally getting married!" I hope that brought him some joy that after years of non-engagement and being pressured to jump hoops to please everyone else, his granddaughter was really, truly, going to marry her love and leave the IF.
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Old 11-04-2021, 09:04 AM
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Thank you to Prisma for posting the Kyodo News obituary; it was interesting to read.


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Known for his frugal lifestyle, Kawashima, a professor of economics, lived in a Gakushuin University faculty dormitory in Tokyo with his family, including Crown Princess Kiko before she married Crown Prince Fumihito in 1990.

The couple met at Gakushuin University, which was originally created for the Japanese peerage, when they were students.

After graduating from the University of Tokyo's Faculty of Economics in 1964, Kawashima went on to obtain a master's degree in economics at a graduate school of the university, Japan's most prestigious academic institution.

Kawashima then continued his studies abroad. In 1971, he earned a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. The following year he taught at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania before moving back to Tokyo.

In 1973, he became an assistant professor of economics at Gakushuin University and was promoted to professor in 1976.

For two years from 1977, Kawashima also conducted research at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria. Former princess Mako Komuro stayed at his friend's home in the suburbs of Vienna during a summer vacation when she was 14.

The government's top spokesman, Hirokazu Matsuno, lauded Kawashima for his humanitarian work installing clean water and sewage infrastructure in mountainous northern Thailand with his students, as well as his contributions as a member of an advisory panel to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
It is interesting that even with such an eminent, accomplished, and well-connected father (albeit one who chose to live modestly), Kiko is nonetheless widely seen as the "commonest" of the women who have married princes in postwar Japan, which speaks to the high expectations for royal spouses' family backgrounds.



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The family will be in mourning.
Crown Prince Akishino - 7 days
Crown Princess Kiko - 90 days
Princess Kako and Prince Hisahito - 30 days

Sources: NHK, Jiji
Interesting! Are the periods of mourning established by general custom or are they specific to the imperial family?


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I'm glad Mako visited her grandfather. She might've told him, "Grandpa, I'm finally getting married!" I hope that brought him some joy that after years of non-engagement and being pressured to jump hoops to please everyone else, his granddaughter was really, truly, going to marry her love and leave the IF.
Prisma or others can correct me if it is not the case, but I am assuming that on social media there will be many comments full of anger at Mako and Kei for supposedly callously bringing scandal on her grandfather as he lay dying... (Was it known before his hospitalization that he was critically ill? I wonder if the marriage would have been postponed if he was.)
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