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Old 08-06-2019, 03:07 AM
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A truly thought-provoking article.

Especially the last bit...
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Old 08-13-2019, 12:38 PM
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Yasukuni's bid for emperor to visit on 150th anniversary rebuffed - Kyodo News+
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Yasukuni Shrine, seen by critics as a symbol of Japan's past militarism, last fall sought a visit by then-Emperor Akihito to mark the 150th anniversary this year of its establishment, but his aides declined, Kyodo News learned Tuesday.

Yasukuni contacted the Imperial Household Agency last September regarding a visit, citing the examples of emperors who went to the Shinto shrine in Tokyo on its 50th and 100th anniversaries, according to officials at the two entities who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The rejection by the agency increases the possibility that the emperor will not visit the shrine in the future.

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The agency's Board of Ceremonies replied to Yasukuni that then-Emperor Akihito was busy preparing for succession rites prior to his abdication in April and it declined to pass on the message from the shrine to the agency's chief, Shinichiro Yamamoto, or to the Board of Chamberlains, which handles the day-to-day activities of the imperial family, the officials said.

The shrine took the reply as a "no" and does not plan to approach the agency about a visit by newly enthroned Emperor Naruhito, a Yasukuni staff member said, adding, "We can only wait for his majesty to visit."

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Emperor Taisho visited the shrine in 1919 on its 50th anniversary, while Emperor Hirohito, known posthumously as Emperor Showa, visited in 1969 for its 100th anniversary and again in 1975.

The visits stopped with the 1978 enshrinement of 14 Class-A war criminals including Japan's wartime prime minister, Gen. Hideki Tojo.

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Old 08-13-2019, 01:07 PM
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This is very interesting, and quite reassuring as well. It's a consistent message, and the significance of it will not be missed by those ultra conservatives who long for a return to what they see as Japan's former (militaristic) glory.
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:12 PM
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A truly thought-provoking article.

Especially the last bit...
Indeed.

The entire article was very moving, and gave plenty of food for thought, both about where Japan is right now, and about the potential for the future if lessons from the past are forgotten.
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:46 PM
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I've seen articles from the international media saying Kei and Ayako are expecting their first child this late autumn, is this news verified?
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Old 08-13-2019, 01:49 PM
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I've seen articles from the international media saying Kei and Ayako are expecting their first child this late autumn, is this news verified?
Prisma links to the report on the Takamado thread, post #496.
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Old 09-22-2019, 01:56 AM
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Yomiuri's article about the Imperial family’s history with rugby.

Although Crown Prince Akishino is the honorary president of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the Chichibu and Mikasa Imperial branches are more closely connected to the sport in Japan.

Prince Chichibu was the first member of the Imperial family to love rugby. Known as the "Sports Prince," rugby immediately fascinated him. He recalled his excitement watching his first match in Osaka in May 1923. He attended university competitions and fought for rugby despite its financial difficulties. While traveling in Kansai in 1928, Prince Chichibu noticed many vacant lots along the train route and proposed a rugby field, which led to the construction of Hanazono Rugby Field in Osaka. He became president of Japan Rugby Football Association in 1947. When he died in 1953, Tokyo Rugby Field was renamed Chichibu-no-miya Rugby Field.

The next Imperial member to love rugby was Prince Tomohito of Mikasa who inherited the Presidency of the Japan Rugby Football Association. He actively got to know players. When Ippei Onishi retired, Prince Tomohito encouraged Onishi to cooperate with the political and business world to contribute to society through rugby.

Princess Akiko of Mikasa is the current president. She will attend the World Cup Pool D match between Australia and Fiji at Sapporo Dome on September 21st.

The association says "The history of Japanese rugby cannot be told without the existence of the Imperial family."
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Old 10-03-2019, 01:47 AM
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Imperial family calendar for Reiwa 2 (2020)

http://www.kikuyou.or.jp/pdf/calender07.pdf

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Why so many old photos?
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Old 12-10-2019, 01:36 AM
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On December 10th, the Cabinet Office announced Grand Steward Shinichiro Yamamoto (69) will retire on December 17.

Yamamoto was born in Fukui Prefecture, graduated from Kyoto University, and entered the Ministry of Home Affairs (now the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications) in 1973. He was Vice Minister of the Cabinet Office and served as Vice Grand Steward from June 2012 before becoming Grand Steward in September 2016.

Vice Grand Steward Yasuhiko Nishimura (64) will succeed Yamamoto as Grand Steward of the Imperial Household Agency. Nishimura was born in Mie Prefecture, graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1979, and entered the National Police Agency. Previous positions include head of National Security Agency, general manager of Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, and Cabinet Crisis Management Director before assuming the post of Vice Grand Steward in September 2016.

Kenji Ikeda (58) will become new Vice Grand Steward. Ikeda served under Emperor Emeritus' Household and was previously Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

Sources: NHK, Sankei, Jiji
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Old 12-10-2019, 12:09 PM
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It will be interesting to see if there are any noticeable shifts in the way the IHA is run. The internal workings of the IHA are fascinating to me. One can't help wondering how much the noticeable improvement in then CP Masako's health was related to both her new lady in waiting, and the Grand Steward Yamamoto taking over control of the IHA.
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Old 12-10-2019, 03:51 PM
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Do either of you - or any other IHA watchers here - have any thoughts in regard to Mr. Yamamoto's leadership of the Agency? I only know that he was promoted to replace Noriyuki Kazaoka when Mr. Kazaoka was fired by the Abe government for permitting Emperor Akihito to express his wish to abdicate, and I remember wondering if the successor would toe the government line more than Mr. Kazaoka.
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