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Old 02-11-2020, 02:30 AM
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Proclamation of Crown Prince: April 2020

April 15: Imperial messengers are sent to Ise Jingu in Mie Prefecture.

April 19
Rikkoshi-Senmei-no-gi: 11am ceremony to proclaim that Prince Fumihito has become the Crown Prince. There will be ~350 guests.

Choken-no-gi: 4:30pm First Audience ceremony with Emperor and Empress.

Prince Fumihito will worship at the Imperial Palace Sanctuaries.

April 21: 2 buffet-style banquets for ~750 guests.

April 23: Crown Prince and Crown Princess Akishino visit Ise Jingu in Mie Prefecture.

April 27: Crown Prince and Crown Princess Akishino visit Emperor Jimmu's mausoleum in Kashihara, Nara.

May 8: Crown Prince and Crown Princess Akishino visit Emperor Showa's mausoleum in Hachioji, Tokyo.

Sources: Sankei, Sankei 2

Japan streamlines celebration for crown prince's ascension to next in line | The Japan Times
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Old 03-14-2020, 07:58 PM
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The government is considering cancelling the 2 banquets on April 21 over coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns.

Source: Mainichi
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Old 03-16-2020, 07:46 AM
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I wonder what the original reasons were for streamlining the celebration as it doesn't appear that the participation by the Empress would be onerous. Perhaps the Imperial Family's earlier remarks about cutting costs and the media coverage of the expense of the abdication and enthronement encouraged the government to streamline the events overall?

Given the cancellations in the Imperial Household and in public life that have taken place by now, I also wonder why this celebration and the state visit to Great Britain have not been postponed.
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Old 03-16-2020, 09:14 PM
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Yes, cutting costs and it's simply inappropriate to replicate everything from decades ago. Looks excessive nowadays.

I'm expecting the UK state visit to be postponed... to next year if the China state visit is rescheduled to this autumn. Just waiting for UK or Japan to announce officially.

As for the Crown Prince proclamation, if it's not cancelled... my guess would be
- severely limited attendance at proclamation ceremony - maybe Imperial family, top IHA officials and top ministers only. No need for 300+ guests.
- cancel 2 feasts
- mausoleum visits may still happen. The Japanese are still moving about and if the retired Imperial couple is allowed to travel to Hayama Imperial Villa and the Imperial Stock Farm, then the Akishino couple should be able to visit the mausoleums.

Japan eyes scaling down crown prince's April ascension rituals - Kyodo News
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Old 03-18-2020, 02:54 AM
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The 2 banquets, planned for April 21, are cancelled.

Court banquets for crown prince elevation to be canceled over virus - Kyodo News

About 50 people will be invited to the Rikkoshi-Senmei-no-gi ceremony on April 19. Reduced from ~350.

Source: Sankei

Japanese Crown Prince's banquet canceled | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News
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The proclamation ceremony will be held at the Matsu-no-Ma State Room at 11:00 a.m. It's expected to take about 15 minutes.

At 4:30 p.m., the Emperor and Empress will meet the Crown Prince for the first time after the proclamation [...] This is expected to take about half an hour.

The number of guests at the proclamation ceremony has been pared down from roughly 350 to around 50, and the doors of the State Room will be kept open during the ceremonies for ventilation.
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Old 03-31-2020, 01:59 AM
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On March 30th, the IHA announced there will be no motorcade for Crown Prince Akishino on April 19 to prevent crowds from gathering.

The Proclamation in February 1991 had a procession of police sidecars and motorbikes escorting Crown Prince Naruhito to and from the Imperial Palace.

Source: Sankei

I'm surprised the government/IHA has not postponed the ceremony yet... Japan and Tokyo's coronavirus infections have increased recently, Tokyo Governor Koike has hinted at lockdown, and some are urging the Prime Minister to declare a state of emergency.

If the ceremony goes ahead, I sincerely hope the Hitachi couple and Princess Yuriko do NOT attend. Since the government tends to follow Heisei's precedent, there's a high possibility family members will be squashed to one side.

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Old 03-31-2020, 05:20 AM
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On March 30th, the IHA announced there will be no motorcade for Crown Prince Akishino on April 19 to prevent crowds from gathering.

The Proclamation in February 1991 had a procession of police sidecars and motorbikes escorting Crown Prince Naruhito to and from the Imperial Palace.

Source: Sankei

I'm surprised the government/IHA has not postponed the ceremony yet... Japan and Tokyo's coronavirus infections have increased recently, Tokyo Governor Koike has hinted at lockdown, and some are urging the Prime Minister to declare a state of emergency.

If the ceremony goes ahead, I sincerely hope the Hitachi couple and Princess Yuriko do NOT attend. Since the government tends to follow Heisei's precedent, there's a high possibility family members will be squashed to one side.

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I wonder if they are hoping that with Japan being relatively unscathed so far, any measures will only be in a place for a short time. Or, on the other hand, could they be worried that if the situation is exacerbated there might not be the opportunity to hold any traditional ceremonies in the foreseeable future, if only because the public would disapprove of the spending?
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Old 04-02-2020, 02:52 AM
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That's true. The ceremony is nearly 3 weeks away and already scaled down, perhaps the government is waiting to see results of the current measures. Rescheduling is a headache but many events will be rescheduled anyway...

news24.jp reports Ise Jingu and mausoleum visits will be postponed.

ETA: However, given so many cancellations and postponements expected or already announced, it's super strange the Proclamation hasn't been postponed. (Well, I've been under stay-at-home orders for 3 weeks so a gathering of ~50 people is huge and worrisome.)
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On April 9th, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga reports the government is considering postponing the April 19 Rikkoshi no Rei ceremony (Proclamation of the Crown Prince) due to the coronavirus state of emergency and increasing infections in Tokyo.

Source: Jiji

I expect the Rikkoshi-no-Rei ceremony (Proclamation of the Crown Prince) will be postponed.
If Emperor Naruhito cannot receive ambassador credentials with ~10 people in the Matsu-no-Ma state room, how can the Rikkoshi-no-Rei go ahead with 50 attendees?
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Old 04-09-2020, 02:51 AM
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On April 9th, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga reports the government is considering postponing the April 19 Rikkoshi no Rei ceremony (Proclamation of the Crown Prince) due to the coronavirus state of emergency and increasing infections in Tokyo.

Source: Jiji

I expect the Rikkoshi-no-Rei ceremony (Proclamation of the Crown Prince) will be postponed.
If Emperor Naruhito cannot receive ambassador credentials with ~10 people in the Matsu-no-Ma state room, how can the Rikkoshi-no-Rei go ahead with 50 attendees?
I do think it makes sense to postpone the proclamation. It really is not an essential event, and can safely be deferred to safer times.
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Old 04-09-2020, 10:36 PM
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I do think it makes sense to postpone the proclamation. It really is not an essential event, and can safely be deferred to safer times.
I realize it was a reach, but when it first was announced that the proclamation would be scaled down rather than postponed I wondered if the rumor that the Prime Minister believes it will somehow assist him in shutting down discussion of female branches/succession in the Liberal Democratic Party was a factor. Of course, any discussion now seems far away - I highly doubt Princess Mako and Kei Komuro will press the issue of marriage in the near future, especially with New York (including Kei's university) being in lockdown.

In a similar vein, I wondered if the postponement of the Olympics was at work in the Government's reluctance to postpone this ceremony. Now that the Prime Minister cannot count on the Games as a boost for his administration, did he want to preserve as many other events of national importance as he could?


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On April 9th, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga reports the government is considering postponing the April 19 Rikkoshi no Rei ceremony (Proclamation of the Crown Prince) due to the coronavirus state of emergency and increasing infections in Tokyo.

Source: Jiji

I expect the Rikkoshi-no-Rei ceremony (Proclamation of the Crown Prince) will be postponed.
If Emperor Naruhito cannot receive ambassador credentials with ~10 people in the Matsu-no-Ma state room, how can the Rikkoshi-no-Rei go ahead with 50 attendees?
Thanks for keeping us informed - it looks as if all of your predictions thus far have been accurate. Out of curiosity, would it be possible to hold the ceremony without attendees or with a tiny number?
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Old 04-10-2020, 02:09 AM
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On April 10th, the government officially postponed the Rikkoshi-no-Rei ceremony (Proclamation of the Crown Prince).

Govt. to postpone Crown Prince's ceremonies | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News
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Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide said on Friday that Prime Minister Abe Shinzo had instructed the government to arrange the postponement, following the declaration of the state of emergency over the coronavirus. Suga said the ceremonies committee will set a new schedule for the events.
On April 9th, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko visited the Imperial Palace to rehearse the ceremony.
Source: news.tbs.co.jp

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I realize it was a reach, but when it first was announced that the proclamation would be scaled down rather than postponed I wondered if the rumor that the Prime Minister believes it will somehow assist him in shutting down discussion of female branches/succession in the Liberal Democratic Party was a factor. Of course, any discussion now seems far away - I highly doubt Princess Mako and Kei Komuro will press the issue of marriage in the near future, especially with New York (including Kei's university) being in lockdown.

In a similar vein, I wondered if the postponement of the Olympics was at work in the Government's reluctance to postpone this ceremony. Now that the Prime Minister cannot count on the Games as a boost for his administration, did he want to preserve as many other events of national importance as he could?
The government was supposed to start discussions on stable succession after the enthronement and then postponed to after the Proclamation ceremony. PM Abe and the LDP wanted to cement Prince Akishino's 1st-in-line status officially. I recall their expert panel (probably carefully selected to support male-only inheritance) or preliminary discussions would exclude female succession and female-led Imperial branches anyway.

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Thanks for keeping us informed - it looks as if all of your predictions thus far have been accurate. Out of curiosity, would it be possible to hold the ceremony without attendees or with a tiny number?
You're welcome.

If the ceremony had gone ahead, I'd guess < 10 people. Emperor Naruhito, Crown Prince Akishino, Prime Minister, IHA Grand Steward, 1 person from upper and lower legislative houses, 1 chief justice, 1 governor to represent all prefectures, and 1 foreign ambassador for the diplomatic corps.
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Old 04-14-2020, 04:34 PM
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On April 14th, a government official reported the Rikkoshi-no-Rei ceremony (Proclamation of the Crown Prince) will be held by end of year. Probably around autumn.

Source: Kyodo
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