Crown Prince Naruhito and Family: News and Photos 3

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Prince Haakon's Visit to Togu Palace


Norway's Crown Prince Haakon (R) shakes hands with Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito upon his arrival at the Togu Palace residence in Tokyo April 12, 2005. Crown Prince Haakon is in Japan on a four-day visit. REUTERS/Issei Kato


Norway's Crown Prince Haakon (R) smiles as he is welcomed by Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito upon his arrival at the latter's Togu Palace residence in Tokyo April 12, 2005. Crown Prince Haakon is in Japan on a four-day visit. REUTERS/Issei Kato

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Princess Aiko to join other children outside for music, painting

(Kyodo) _ Princess Aiko, the 3-year-old daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, will join several other children her age for music, art and other activities outside her home every week for about a year from later this month, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday.

The princess, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, will join them for about two hours each time twice a week at the National Children's Castle in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward under the plan, intended to promote her healthy growth and give her the experience of being with other people, according to Hideki Hayashida, the grand master of the Crown Prince's Household.

Princess Aiko has been enjoying eurythmics, which combines music and physical exercises, at the Togu Palace in Tokyo's Minato Ward twice a week with some other children her age, along with her mother Crown Princess Masako and the children's parents. At the children's castle, she will be given instruction in working with clay, painting and music, and will also play in a swimming pool. The time devoted to eurythmics at the palace will be reduced, according to the agency.

Provided by Kyodo news
The 2 photos below: Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito makes an opening remarks during the annual Inter-American Development Bank and Inter-American Investment Corporation (IDB-IIC) meeting at Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan city, Okinawa, southern Japan, Sunday, April 10, 2005. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)

Photo Below: Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito delivers a speech during the inaugural session of the annual meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) in Ginowan on the southernmost Japanese island of Okinawa, April 10, 2005. Some 7,000 delegates descended in the city on Sunday, for the regional development bank's first meeting in Japan for 14 years. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito (L) sits during a memorial service for Pope John Paul II at St. Mary's Cathedral in Tokyo. Millions of mourners gathered in churches, parks and around television screens across Asia to bid farewell to the pope while his funeral took place in Rome.(AFP/Pool/Eriko Sugita)

Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito, representing his father Emperor Akihito of Japan, lays flowers for Pope John Paul II during a Catholic memorial service at St. Mary's Cathedral in Tokyo April 8, 2005. Catholics and those of other religions in Japan joined millions around the world in remembering the Pope. REUTERS/Toshiyuki Aizawa

Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito, in formal attire, attends a memorial service for Pope John Paul II at St. Mary's Cathedral in Tokyo April 8, 2005. Catholics and those of other religions in Japan joined millions of others around the world in remembering the Pope. REUTERS/Eriko Sugita

Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito bows as he lays flowers for Pope John Paul to pay his respects at a memorial service for the pope at St. Mary's Cathedral in Tokyo Friday, April 8, 2005. Catholics all over the world are mourning the pope who died Saturday at the age of 84.(AP Photo/Eriko Sugita, POOL)

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito prepares to offer flowers during a mass to mourn the death of Pope John Paul II at St. Mary Cathedral in Tokyo Friday, April 8, 2005. Catholics all over the world are mourning the pope who died Saturday at the age of 84. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito, center, attends a mass to mourn the death of Pope John Paul II at St. Mary Cathedral in Tokyo Friday, April 8, 2005. Catholics all over the world are mourning the pope who died Saturday at the age of 84. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Man arrested for breaking into house of Japanese crown princess's parents

Man arrested for breaking into house of Japanese crown princess's parents
Wed Apr 6, 4:56 AM ET

TOKYO, (AFP) - A Japanese man curious about Crown Princess Masako, the former career diplomat who has withdrawn from public life due to stress, was arrested for breaking into her parents' house, news reports said.

The princess's commoner mother Yumiko Owada stepped briefly out of her home in an upscale Tokyo neighborhood to talk to a neighbor Tuesday evening and returned to find the 26-year-old man in her living room, Jiji Press said.

She called police who arrested the man, who entered through the unlocked main door.

"I wanted to see the house of Crown Princess Masako," the man told police, according to Jiji Press.

The man may be mentally impaired and was employed at a workshop for people with disabilities. Reports said he was making "incomprehensible" statements to police.

Jiji Press said police decided to release him and question him on a voluntary basis because he did not seem able to handle being in police custody.

Police declined to comment on the reports.

Masako's father Hisashi Owada, a former top Japanese diplomat, lives mostly in The Netherlands where he is a judge at the International Court of Justice.

Masako, 41, who spent much of her youth abroad, left her own promising diplomatic career to marry Crown Prince Naruhito in 1993.

She has withdrawn from most public events since December 2003 amid pressure to produce a male heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne and the stress of adapting to the world's oldest monarchy.

Provided by AFP

Japanese princess laments brother's complaints of royal life
Mon Apr 18, 4:16 AM ET

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese Princess Sayako lamented her brother's decision to go public with concerns about the treatment of his stressed wife, saying the controversy has influenced foreign opinion about the royal family.

Crown Prince Naruhito last May took the unprecedented step of telling a press conference that his wife Masako, a Harvard-educated former diplomat, was being stifled and tacitly criticized the royal minders.

The revelation has stirred the royal household, with Prince Akishino in November saying his elder brother should have taken his concerns to their father, Emperor Akihito, and not the media.

Sayako, the youngest of the emperor's children, said she too was "disappointed that there was much speculation not based on facts" after her eldest brother's remarks about her sister-in-law.

In written responses to questions for her 36th birthday, Sayako regretted that "unreasonable criticism toward the emperor and empress also influenced the overseas view of the royal family."

Sayako noted that her mother, Empress Michiko has suffered silently after various events in her life.

Sayako said her mother "had to go through much sadness without depending on others and still she has pain which has not disappeared yet."

Sayako is due to leave the royal household later this year after marrying a commoner, city planner Yoshiki Kuroda.

The crown prince himself has apologized for causing a stir by his initial complaint.

Masako has avoided nearly all public events since December 2003 due to stress. She has been said to have trouble adjusting to the cloistered life of the world's oldest monarchy and is under intense pressure to produce a male heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne.

From AFP
Friday April 15, 7:44 PM

Britain's Prince Andrew to visit Japan as Aichi Expo guest

(Kyodo) _ Britain's Prince Andrew will visit Japan from next Tuesday to Saturday to attend the British national day ceremony at the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi Prefecture, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said Friday.

The British national day is next Friday. During his stay, Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth, is also expected to meet Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito, officials said.

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Various Pics

Various Pics of Crown Prince Naruhito's family


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May 1, 2005: Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako attend a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the UNICEF's Japanese foundation.


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Thanks pdas. It's good to see Masako finally attending an event with her husband.
Stressed Japanese princess Masako makes rare public appearance in Tokyo

Japan's Crown Princess Masako, who has long kept out of the public eye due to stress, made a rare public appearance in Tokyo to attend an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of UNICEF's Japan office.

She came late to join her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, for the UN event Sunday and gave no speech, an event official said. Naruhito said in a speech that he hoped for peace and stability in the world for the well-being of children.

Masako's public appearance was the first since early January when she waved from the Imperial Palace balcony to thousands of New Year well-wishers.

Royal-watchers believe the pressure to produce a male heir has caused the princess, a Harvard graduate who speaks four languages, to fall ill, in addition to clashes with the tradition-bound Imperial Household Agency.

Masako gave up a promising diplomatic career at the foreign ministry for her 1993 marriage to Naruhito, the eldest son of Emperor Akihito, and the couple has one child, three-year-old Princess Aiko.

Japan's Chrysanthemum Throne is under an unprecedented spotlight due to concerns over the health of Masako and a debate whether the country should change its male-only imperial succession law to let women ascend to the throne.

Since 1965, no boy has been born to the Japanese royal family, the world's oldest monarchy.

Naruhito stunned the nation last May when he declared with rare candor that Masako's career and personality had been "denied" since she married him in 1993.

Polls have indicated most Japanese support having a female monarch amid widespread sympathy for Masako.


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I'm happy to see her coming back in public, but I just wondered with the fact that Masako often chooses a dress which is dominant with black/dark colour (since coming back in aprearing in public) then she wants to reflex that her happiness/condition is not completely recover (remembering that in many culture black colour identic with sadness moment). As I remember she was often wearing light colour dress before she gets her illness. May be our Jappanesse felows in this forum can give little explanation about "specific behaviour and black colour meaning" in their culture.
I think that the CP was right to go public with the hassle that his wife has been recieving from palace officials. His sister was wrong to criticise him on this decision, her mother may have suffered in silence regarding her stresses but that doesn't mean that CP Masako has too or her husband.

It's good to see her out and about. I just hope that their marriage is still strong, they must have gone through hell!!! P Aiko should b allowed to become heir to the throne - its the 21st century!!!!

And yes, CP Masako talents and skills should be used more - she's obviously a wonderful role model for women everywhere, not just Japan.
Princess Masako and the Imperial family send off Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to Ireland and Norway at Haneda Airport


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Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako at Haneda Airport


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More pics from the airport


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She looks happier...i hope things are improving for her within the palace and she's really on the road to recovery.

It's a real shame that CP Masako isn't allowed to be the person she really is, just from her background you can tell she's a great asset to the family.
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May 1, 2005: Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako attend a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the UNICEF's Japanese foundation.

she does dress like a true career woman here. Which is her true self?
Thanks lots for the pictures mandyy.I'd love to see Princess Masako agian.Hope everything well for her.
More photos of Princess Masako and Prince Naruhito


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A book cover with the pic of the crown prince family


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Visiting Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen (L) shakes hands with Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito prior to their meeting at Togu Palace, in Tokyo, May 11, 2005. Vanhanen arrived on Monday for a five-day visit to Japan and will attend the national day ceremony of the 2005 World Expo Aichi.


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Pic of Masako
There are news saying that she is recovering from her sickness.


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Reports: Crown Princess Masako showing signs of recovery from stress-induced disorder

Japan's Crown Princess Masako, who has withdrawn from official palace duties for a year and half because of stress-induced health problems, is making a steady but slow recovery, Japanese media reported Friday.

Masako, a former career diplomat, withdrew from her official palace duties in December 2003 due to bouts of depression and anxiety set off by the pressures of palace life. On Friday, the chamberlain of Togu Palace, where the 41-year-old princess lives with Crown Prince Naruhito, told reporters she is making progress "slowly but steadily," Japanese public broadcaster NHK and Kyodo News reported.

"She now seems to regain a positive frame of mind more quickly, and we recognize that her condition has apparently improved," Hideki Hayashida was quoted as saying.

Hayashida added however, that doctors said she should not push too hard, and it may take some time before she can resume her official duties.

Imperial Household Agency officials were not available for comment late Friday. The couple has indicated that enormous pressure to produce a male heir was partially responsible for her condition.
Photos of Princess Masako and her husband welcoming the Emperor and Empress back from their state visit to Ireland and Norway.


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