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Japanese Monarchy: Official Duties & Articles from 2017
« on: January 02, 2017, 02:39:08 PM »
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The Japanese royals released a video from New Year's Day. I am surprised that the video doesn't have sound, but it shows the family spending time together.

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Video of Japanese Imperial Family released for New Year’s Day

The Imperial Household Agency released a video for New Year’s Day showing members of the Imperial Family together. The video does not have any sound but it shows Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, their two sons, Crown Prince Naruhito and Fumihito, Prince Akishino and their families.  In the video. they are examining candy bowls created to commemorate the Emperor’s marriage and enthronement. You can watch the video here.
This is the first year that Emperor Akihito has not released his traditional New Year’s message. Vice Grand Steward Yasuhiko Nishimura said Emperor Akihito, who recently turned 83, has accepted a proposal made by the Imperial Household Agency to forgo the message that he has been delivering on 1 January ever since he succeeded to the throne in 1989.

The New Year message is very close to the traditional press conference that Emperor Akihito offers on his birthday on 23 December. Foregoing the New Year message would make his work load more bearable.
Emperor Akihito will continue with the traditional greetings from the entire Royal Household, which takes from the Imperial Palace balcony in Tokyo on 2 January. The day is expected to pull record crowds as travel agencies are reporting that day trips into the city are completely sold out.

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Re: Japanese Monarchy: Official Duties & Articles from 2017
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2017, 10:25:19 PM »
I hope Princess Akiko will be fine. May she recover soon from her high fever & asthma. I wonder if she got this from stress or something she ate?

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Princess Akiko of Japan was hospitalised last Wednesday in Tokyo with a high fever and asthma, the Imperial Household Agency said. Princess Akiko visited the emergency room of the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine’s hospital in Kyoto at 3 in the morning. She was spending the New Year holidays in Kyoto when she felt unwell.

She developed a fever late Tuesday afternoon and had symptoms of asthma and was hospitalised to “be on the safe side”, the Imperial Household Agency added. She is said to be already recovering.

Princess Akiko of Misaka was born 20 December 1981 as the daughter of the late Prince Tomohito of Mikasa and Princess Tomohito of Mikasa. She is the great-granddaughter of Yoshihito, Emperor Taishō. She graduated from Gakushuin University with a bachelor’s degree in history. In 2003 she studied at the University of Oxford as a doctoral student at the Faculty of Oriental Studies. In 2011 she was awarded a D.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford, becoming the second member of the Japanese Imperial family to achieve a doctorate.

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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2017, 11:17:07 PM »
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03-01-2017 Photo taken Dec. 15, 1983 shows Prince Naruhito , the eldest son of then Japanese Crown Prince Akihito and then Crown Princess Michiko, chatting with friends at the University of Oxford's Merton College, England.
The current crown prince was described as "personable, although slightly shy" by British officials in 1984, according to newly released government files at the National Archives in London.

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02-01-2017 Japanese imperial family members wave to well-wishers from behind windowpanes on a balcony of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
Emperor Akihito offered them New Year's greetings.

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01-01-2017 Japan Emperor Akihito , Empress Michiko and Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako and Prince Akishino attend a New Year's ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

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« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2017, 04:34:39 PM »
I like poems about nature. They are always very lovely to read. Although Emperor Akihito & Empress Michiko's poems are short, they were able to express the beauty of nature. I wonder if in Japanese is it even possible to make poems rhyme?

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Imperial couple introduce their poems at annual New Year ceremony

The traditional “Waka” poems, penned by the Imperial Family, and ten selected works from the public, were recited at the annual New Year event in the Matsunoma main hall in the Imperial Palace. The theme of this year’s poems was “no”, which translates as “field.”

Emperor Akihito’s poem recalls the chirping of tree crickets near the Omei pavilion where he stayed in the autumn at the Imperial Villa in Nasu. Researchers were invited to explain the sounds of the autumn insects, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

Empress Michiko’s poem is about the nature-rich grounds of the Imperial Palace. Her waka poem reflects on her love for the wide variety of the wild plants on the palace grounds and also mentions how she gathers horsetails plants in the spring and gingko nuts in the autumn.

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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2017, 06:29:49 PM »
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13-02-2017 Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit the National Theater in Tokyo to enjoy a Bunraku puppet show.


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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2017, 07:23:10 PM »
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Crown Prince Naruhito Opens 2017 Asian Winter Games

is Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan has officially opened the 2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo. He did this together with ski jumping legend Masahiko Harada. Masahiko Harada also received the Asian Winter Games Torch and lit the cauldron before fireworks erupted in the indoor stadium. For security reasons, Crown Prince Naruhito’s attendance had not been widely publicised beforehand.

The opening event took place in the Sapporo Dome stadium, which is known for having hosted the Winter Olympics in 1972. The city of Obihiro is co-hosting the event. A total of 64 sporting events are set to take place over the next week before the closing ceremony on 26 February.

Unity and overcoming adversity were the central themes of the event. The build-up to the Games had been dominated by Chinese and South Korean concerns about books denying the 1937 Nanjing Massacre which had been left in athletes’ hotel rooms. The Games also include a team of seven people from North-Korea, who have been given special permission to enter Japan. Australia and New Zealand are participating for the first time, but feature as “guests” and are not eligible to win medals.

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Re: Japanese Monarchy: Official Duties & Articles from 2017
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2017, 08:52:39 PM »
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-4510700/Japans-Princess-Mako-married-report-says.htmlo

There is a possibility that Princess Mako is engaged. Mako is the eldest child of Prince Ashkino and Princess Kiko.
 

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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2017, 05:20:26 PM »
I think it's unfortunate that Princess Mako has to give up her royal status to marry a commoner man she loves. She should have the same privileges as her grandfather, uncle and father. It is not fair that she is treated differently because she is a woman.


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JAPAN’S Princess Mako will give up her royal status to marry her college sweetheart in a move that will trigger a major debate on royal succession.

Emperor Akihito’s granddaughter, 25, will become engaged to her commoner boyfriend, Kei Komuro, 25, after they met while studying together. Mr Komuro works at a law firm and once worked as “Prince of the Sea” promoting tourism in Japan.

Public broadcaster NHK broke the story of Princess Mako’s engagement late Tuesday, sending the country into a frenzy with the news dominating television chat shows and newspaper coverage ahead of an expected official announcement in coming weeks.

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Japan’s Princess Mako chooses love over royalty by marrying commoner Kei Komuro

The eldest granddaughter of Japan’s emperor is to give up her royal status in order to marry a legal assistant, reigniting concerns surrounding the future of the world’s oldest monarchy.

Princess Mako plans to marry Kei Komuro, a legal assistant who apparently loves the ocean and enjoys skiing, playing the violin and cooking, according to Japanese media reports.

The pair, both 25, reportedly met five years ago at a party being held to discuss studying abroad when they were both students at International Christian University in Tokyo.

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Re: Japanese Monarchy: Official Duties & Articles from 2017
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2017, 07:18:11 AM »
Amabel, although this isn't really germane to what we discussed a few days ago about women who married into the Imperial Family this article on the poor Emperor Akihito, who has been given permission to abdicate, has to go through in his role and the rigmarole often associated with the Imperial Household Agency.

Emperor Akihito shocked by conservative experts' remarks that 'emperors should just pray' - The Mainichi
 
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« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2017, 12:13:40 AM »
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Princess Mako undertakes first public appearance since engagement announcement

A week since the public announcement of her engagement, Princess Mako has undertaken her first public appearance. Accompanying her parents, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, Princess Mako has recently undertaken a visit to the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo. While taking a tour of the building, the Imperial Family were shown an exhibition on loan from the Natural History Museum in London called “Treasures of the Natural World — Best of London’s Natural History Museum”.

It consists of over 180 pieces from the museum’s collection, and it chronicles the story of how scientists, historians and archaeologists sought to better understand the natural world, from the 18th century to the present day. Featured are numerous artefacts and specimens that inspired numerous scientific breakthroughs, such as complete skeletons of the now-extinct New Zealand moa. The collection continues to be used as a valuable research resource for scientists across the world, and the exhibition symbolises Anglo-Japanese cooperation in academia.

Given the relative distance between London and Tokyo, it offers Japanese citizens a chance to see the Natural History Museum of London’s collection that they may not otherwise be able to manage.

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It's good that many Japanese believe the female members of the family should included in the line of succession to rule. The Dutch, Belgian and Swedish royal families have females listed as future queens. I think the male heir only rule limits the amount of people that can possibly rule. There are only four people included in the line of succession and I think that list is quite short. At least 10 people should be listed regardless of gender.

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Japan rallies behind idea of a Japanese Empress

Results from a poll published recently have suggested that 68% of the Japanese people may be in favour of an Empress-Regent of Japan.

As of today, Japan operates under agnatic primogeniture. Only male heirs may inherit, and female members of the Imperial Household are passed over. The only way there can be an Empress is by marriage to the Emperor; so a woman may never sit on the Chrysanthemum Throne in her own right. In recent decades, however, the idea of male-only succession has come under increasing criticism from Japanese figures who believe that the traditional method of succession is placing the Imperial Household in jeopardy.

Before the birth of Prince Hisahito in 2006, there were grave concerns that the Japanese monarchy may be walking into a succession crisis with the absence of a male heir after Crown Prince Naruhito. This danger prompted discussions among the Japanese government about amending the Imperial Household Act of 1947 to allow for a female inheritance to the Japanese monarchy, with a panel appointed to study the law and recommend a course of action. The birth of Prince Hisahito rendered the talks moot, and by 2007, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that he was no longer considering any change in the Imperial Household Act.

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Re: Japanese Monarchy: Official Duties & Articles from 2017
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2017, 01:42:55 AM »
Princess Mako to Officially Announce Engagement

Princess Mako will also be giving up her royal status once she marries like her aunt and other female relatives have done since the end of WWII.
 

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The CP couple in Kyoto 10/2/17.
 

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« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2017, 05:31:29 AM »
On December 5th, CP Naruhito and CP Masako attended an award ceremony recognizing students who wrote about disabilities impacting their lives."Week of the Disabled" (Dec 3-9) in Chiyoda, Tokyo. 

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TIM visited the Japan Fine Arts exhibition on December 6, 2017.

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