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Old 12-23-2019, 06:07 PM
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I agree. I wonder how long this birthday agenda will continue... Empress Emerita Michiko's birthday schedule was probably similar before most events were cancelled following Typhoon No. 19.

Here's Akihito's 85th birthday schedule as emperor in 2018. After abdication, these 7 events were eliminated:
- 9am worship at Imperial Palace Sanctuaries
- 3 balcony appearances for general public greetings (10:20, 11, 11:40am)
- greetings from adult Imperial family, former Imperial family, and relatives (10:30, 10:40am)
- tea with diplomatic corps (3pm)

ETA: Japan's former Emperor Akihito turns 86 - Kyodo News

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[...] The former emperor continues to live in the Imperial Palace but has largely withdrawn from public life since his abdication on April 30, a day before his elder son Emperor Naruhito ascended the throne.

Although he suffered a bout of cerebral anemia in July, he has regained his health and takes a walk around his residence in the early morning every day with former Empress Michiko, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

[...]

The imperial couple has been preparing to move to the Takanawa Imperial Residence in Tokyo's Minato Ward by late March.

The former emperor sometimes plays cello to piano accompaniment by the former empress. He also frequents a biology research institute inside the Imperial Palace to continue his study on the goby fish and plans to compile new academic papers, the agency said.

He has attended concerts and art exhibitions in his private time as well as the third-place match of the Rugby World Cup in November.

[...]
ETA: Emperor Emeritus Turns 86, Happy with Successful Succession Events - JIJI PRESS

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Japanese Emperor Emeritus Akihito turned 86 on Monday and now feels happy as a series of events for the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito, his eldest son, have been carried out successfully.

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The Emperor Emeritus does research on a goby at the Biological Laboratory at the palace two or three times a week to write a research paper.

On top of a routine walk in the palace in the morning, Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko continue their practice of reading a book aloud in turns for a short time after breakfast. They are now working on "Kotoba no Saijiki" (Yearly Chronicle of Words) of the late Japanese literary critic Kenkichi Yamamoto.
Glad to hear that the Emperor Emeritus has remained active and that his wish for more free time for his goby research has been fulfilled. I will miss the press conferences held on his (and the empress's) birthday; do you know if they have ceased owing to protocol or simply to reduce the strain along with the other pared birthday activities?


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I can't find the original article but some tabloids speculated about marriage trouble when Sayako's husband Yoshiki was seen eating alone at Ootoya restaurants which focuses on Japanese comfort food. In addition, he did not attend Empress Michiko's 83rd birthday dinner in 2017 although he was originally on the schedule.

Another publication dailyshincho.jp followed up on the fuss in March 2018 and it was much ado about nothing. Mr. Kuroda lives near the neighborhood and frequents the restaurant, often ordering the set meal with chicken and black vinegar vegetable, sometimes dining alone for 900 yen. He missed Empress Michiko's birthday dinner due to overtime.

Women's magazine Jisin report summarizes the media stories. Allegedly Empress Michiko reads the newspapers daily and is an avid Internet user so she's reading such articles/comments about Princess Mako and Kei Komuro, dual authority issues, bullying Masako, and moving stress.

Jisin publishes the problematic stories, some examples:

Jisin 1 - A day after being discharged from the hospital for breast cancer surgery, Empress Michiko attended Crown Princess Kiko's 53rd birthday dinner. Mako's not talking to Kiko so Michiko allegedly wanted to use the family dinner to somehow influence Mako.

Jisin 2 - Moving headache. Despite recovering from breast cancer surgery, Empress Michiko is working late preparing for the move. 30 years worth of packing and organizing. When Michiko and Akihito moved to the Imperial Residence in December 1993, they needed some 100 trucks. This move will need about the same but Takanawa Imperial Residence is smaller.

Jisin 3: Princess Mako made 2 trips to the Imperial Palace on July 5 before her official visit to Peru. Allegedly she worshipped at the sanctuaries in the morning, returned home to Akasaka Estate, then visited her grandparents around 1pm at the Imperial Residence for unknown reasons and then returned to Akasaka Estate to visit the Imperial couple. Rather inefficient... Anyway, some "friend" claims Michiko confessed she's worried about her grandchild (doesn't say which grandchild but assumed to be Mako)

Jisin's Imperial House tag includes various articles about Akishino family troubles, Kiko trusts Mako less so that's why Hisahito accompanied Kako to a speech contest recently instead of one of Mako's events, etc.

Jprime's Imperial House tag - mostly Akishino family troubles, Kei Komuro problem, Kako's dancing, engagement rumor for Tsuguko

kikunomon.news seems to be made up of former Imperial / weekly magazine authors - more Akishino family troubles, apparently Kiko "rushed" to Hisako following Tsuguko's engagement rumor asking them to consider Mako's feelings, Michiko allegedly opposes the University of Tokyo for Aiko...


My utmost thanks for your summaries of magazine articles. Whether their stories are substantiated or not, they are a vital element of the public's views of the imperial family.

Most of the above stories frankly sound rather anodyne, although perhaps an individual as dedicated to her position and concerned with her family's reputation as the Empress Emerita is said to be might experience stress from prolonged exposure to even bland gossip (especially if retirement has left her with even more time to avidly read the Internet and newspapers as Jisin claims she does).

It is interesting, although not surprising, that the stories generally sound as if they center on the female members of the family (for example, one would expect any narrative about Mako and Kei issues to feature her father prominently, more so than her mother).
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Old 12-24-2019, 01:33 AM
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Glad to hear that the Emperor Emeritus has remained active and that his wish for more free time for his goby research has been fulfilled. I will miss the press conferences held on his (and the empress's) birthday; do you know if they have ceased owing to protocol or simply to reduce the strain along with the other pared birthday activities?
I suspect protocol and reducing events. Imperial press conferences are more like monologues anyway.
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My utmost thanks for your summaries of magazine articles. Whether their stories are substantiated or not, they are a vital element of the public's views of the imperial family.

Most of the above stories frankly sound rather anodyne, although perhaps an individual as dedicated to her position and concerned with her family's reputation as the Empress Emerita is said to be might experience stress from prolonged exposure to even bland gossip (especially if retirement has left her with even more time to avidly read the Internet and newspapers as Jisin claims she does).

It is interesting, although not surprising, that the stories generally sound as if they center on the female members of the family (for example, one would expect any narrative about Mako and Kei issues to feature her father prominently, more so than her mother).
You're very welcome! Yeah, women get the brunt of criticism. Crown Prince Akishino is mentioned occasionally since his birthday press conference basically set a February deadline for Mako and Kei Komuro to respond somehow. However, Crown Princess Kiko gets most of the negativity, particularly about HER child-rearing policy.
Nothing about Emperor Emeritus Akihito. Apparently the magazines consider him off-limits. He seems to be unconcerned about Mako's situation while Michiko's risking her health interfering.

This kikunomon.news article is an example of Michiko allegedly bullying Masako. It claims Michiko praised Kiko in front of Masako at Masako's 56th birthday dinner on December 9, saying Masako's success was due to Kiko's efforts.

Back to Emperor Emeritus Akihito's 86th birthday: Imperial family arrivals at the Imperial Palace for greetings and lunch. Princess Yuriko and Princess Nobuko did not attend due to cough symptoms. [Kyodo]

In the evening, Princess Aiko and Prince Hisahito arrived with their parents for the minor greetings at 6:30pm.

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Japan's former Emperor Akihito briefly loses consciousness - Kyodo News
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Former Emperor Akihito temporarily lost consciousness and collapsed at his residence in Tokyo on Wednesday but a subsequent medical checkup found no abnormalities, the Imperial Household Agency said. [...]
Sankei report:
- Emperor Emeritus Akihito lost consciousness and collapsed at Fukiage Sento Imperial Palace in the evening of January 29.
- Empress Emerita Michiko was in the room and called for the physician with an emergency buzzer.
- When the physician rushed in, the retired Emperor was still unconscious and his breathing resembled snoring.
- Emperor Emeritus Akihito regained consciousness and was taken to the bedroom on a stretcher for further examination.
- He feels well on January 30 and ate breakfast as usual.
- On the morning of January 30th, he had a head MRI and examination with a specialist at the Imperial Household Agency Hospital which did not reveal any diagnosis about what caused the lost of consciousness.

Wishing Emperor Emeritus Akihito a speedy recovery and good health.

ETA: Akihito given MRI brain scan after fainting at his residence:The Asahi Shimbun
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Emperor Emeritus Akihito underwent an MRI brain scan on Jan. 30 after fainting the previous evening at his residence in the Imperial Palace grounds.

Officials of the Imperial Household Agency said Empress Emerita Michiko was by her husband's side at the time and summoned a doctor with the agency who found Akihito still unconscious and making sounds like snoring.

Akihito, 86, later regained consciousness, but agency officials conducted the MRI scan at the Imperial Household Hospital. Although no signs were found of a stroke, agency officials will continue to monitor his health. [...]
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