Monthly Archives: November 2015

Prince Akishino turns 50

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On 30th November, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino turned 50.

[Article]Prince Akishino turns 50, expresses concern about empress’ health

Text from The Mainichi

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Prince Akishino, the younger son of Japan’s emperor who turned 50 on Monday, has expressed concern about his mother’s health as Empress Michiko has been diagnosed with heart trouble.

“I believe her stress is partly due to the illness of the emperor,” the prince said at a press conference on Nov. 19 prior to his birthday, referring to Emperor Akihito, who underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 2003 as well as coronary-artery bypass surgery in 2012.

His recovery from the bypass surgery “was not so fast,” the prince said, indicating that anxiety about the health of her husband caused strain on the empress.

The empress herself was diagnosed this summer with myocardial ischemia stemming from stress.

The prince said he hopes the empress can be more relaxed even with her “very restrictive life.”

With this year marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, he said it offered an opportunity to look back on the past, but added that regardless of the anniversary, “it is necessary to always remember there was the war.”

The emperor and empress, both 81, have continued commemorating those who died in the war, visiting some battle sites and meeting with people who experienced the war both at home and abroad. In April, the couple visited the Pacific island country of Palau.

“I always bear in my mind the significance of commemoration and feeling the importance of thinking of the war dead,” the prince said.

His three children are trying to learn what happened in the war, he added at the news conference, also attended by his wife, Princess Kiko.

One of their two daughters, Princess Kako, entered International Christianity University in Tokyo this spring, drawing public interest and being widely covered by the media, including tabloids and weekly magazines.

“I’ve accepted…as it is,” the prince said about his 20-year-old daughter, adding, “She appears to have a more diligent student life than her father’s.”

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Kyoto Visit of Crown Prince

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From 29th November to 30th November, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito visited Kyoto Prefecture to attend the opening ceremony of the 5th World Engineering Conference and Convention.

Photo from Yomiuri

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This Week’s Extras

On 23rd November, HIM Emperor Akihito, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito and HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino attended the Niiname-sai took place at Imperial Palace Sanctuary.
In this ceremony, the Emperor offers new crops as thanks to the ancestral and other gods, after which the Emperor himself eats some of the crops that were offered. This is the most important of all the annual ritual ceremonies that take place at the Imperial Palace. The Emperor also offers crops that he has grown himself as an offering to the gods.

From 24th November to 29th November, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko visited Hayama Imperial Villa in Hayama Town, Kanagawa Prefecture.

On 24th November, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino attended the Executive Committee of The Society of Biosophia Studies took place in Tokyo.

On 25th November, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito met with the recipients of the 37th Maternal and Child Health Promotion Award at Crown Prince Residence.

On 25th November, 26th November and 27th November, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the 67th Prince Takamado Memorial Cup of All Japan English Speech Contest for Junior High School Students took place in Tokyo. On 27th November, HIH Princess Hisako attended the reception of the contest took place in Tokyo.

On 26th November, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino attended the annual award ceremony of Distinguished Fisheries took place in Tokyo.

On 26th November, HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa met with the ambassadors and enjoyed the duck netting at Saitama Kamoba, Imperial Wild Duck Preserves in Koshigaya City, Saitama Prefecture.

On 26th November, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino attended the workshop took place at The University Museum, The University of Tokyo.

On 27th November, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino visited the Mausoleums of Emperor Showa and Empress Kojun.

On 28th November, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino attended the 70th memorial exhibition of Rohdea Japonica took place in Tokyo.

On 29th November, HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa attended the 49th Imperial Charity Bowling Tournament took place in Tokyo.

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Hyogo and Kyoto visit of Princess Akishino

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From 24th November to 25th November, HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino visited Hyogo Prefecture and Kyoto Prefecture to attend the ceremony commemorating the 125th anniversary of the establishment of Hyogo Red Cross Society and the general meeting of Kyoto Red Cross Society.
HIH Princess Kiko is the Honorary Vice President of Japanese Red Cross Society.

Photo from Kobe Shimbun

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This Week’s Extras

On 16th November, HIM Emperor Akihito met with the ambassador of India who leaves Japan at Imperial Residence.

On 16th November, HIH Priness Mako of Akishino attended the luncheon held by the ambassador of Republic of El Salvador took place in Tokyo.

On 16th November, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the 10th Presentation of the young researchers of The Asiatic Society of Japan took place in Tokyo.

On 16th November, HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado finished her 1-week-trip to Kingdom of Sweden and came back to Japan.

On 17th November, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino attended the commendation ceremony for the aguricultural contributors took place in Tokyo.

From 17th November to 19th November, HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi visited Fukuoka Prefecture and Kagoshima Prefecture to attend the 56th general meeting of Fukuoka Red Cross Society.
HIH Princess Hanako is the Honorary Vice President of Japanese Red Cross Society.

On 17th November, HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado visited Imperial Palace Sunctuary to report her homecoming.

On 18th November, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko met with newly-appointed ambassadors of Republic of Zambia, Republic of Rwanda and Republic of Guatemala and their spouses at Imperial Residence.

On 18th November, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko met with the members of Japan Disaster Relief Team at Imperial Palace.

On 18th November, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino visited the Mausoleums of Emperor Showa and Empress Kojun in Tokyo.

On 18th November, HIH Princess Mako attended the luncheon held by the ambassador of Republic of Honduras took place in Tokyo.

On 19th November, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino attended the luncheon for Minister of Justice and Attorney General took place at Imperial Palace.

On 19th November, HIH Prince Masahito of Hitachi attended the reception of the 46th International Symposium of Princess Takamatsu Cancer Research Fund took place in Tokyo.

From 19th November to 20th November, HIH Princess Akiko of Miaksa visited Niigata Prefecture to attend the 55th Commendation Ceremony of Niigata Chrysanthemum Exhibition.

On 20th November, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino attended the 54th commendation ceremony for the distinguished forestry managers took place in Tokyo.

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USA Visit of Crown Prince Vol.2

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On 18th November, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito met with Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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On 19th November, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito took part in the event to mark U.N. World Toilet Day.

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On 20th November, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito gave a speech at the meeting of the Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation. HIH Crown Prince Naruhito has been serving as Honorary President of the board since 2007.

On 21st November, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito came back to Japan.

Photo from MainichiSankei and Yomiuri

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Memorial Service for Prince Takamado

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On 21st November, HIH Prince Takahito, HIH Princess Yuriko and HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa and HIH Princess Hisako, HIH Princess Tsuguko and HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado attended the memorial service for late Prince Norihito of Takamado (1954-2002).

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Duck Netting

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On 20th November, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino met with the ambassadors of 7 countries at Shinhama Imperial Wild Duck Preserve in Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture and enjoyed the duck netting.

Photo from Sankei

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USA Visit of Crown Prince Vol.1

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On 18th November, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito attended the opening ceremony of the U.N. Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
At the ceremony, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito delivered a speech.

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[Article] Japan crown prince calls for efforts to reduce water disasters

Text from The Mainichi

NEW YORK (Kyodo) — Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito called on Wednesday for international cooperation in reducing risks of water-related disasters.

“Collaboration by the international community is expected to deliver the benefits of science and technology to every corner of the world, especially to people suffering from poverty,” he said in a speech at the U.N. Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters.

Citing examples from Japan, the prince, known as an expert on water issues, underscored that controlling water resources has long benefited human lives.

“The social and economic development of medieval Japan was closely related to the development of water networks,” he said, adding, “I was deeply impressed by the process through which people’s aspirations about water were turned into reality by their wisdom and efforts.”

He also highlighted a Tokyo sewage treatment plant that can temporarily handle a massive amount of rainwater to prevent flooding.

The United Nations had invited him to attend a series of water-related meetings at its headquarters in New York.

The prince is also scheduled to deliver a speech on Friday at a meeting of the Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation. He has been serving as honorary president of the board since 2007.

“I hope these opportunities are effectively used by many to learn from one another and to galvanize action to solve water problems,” he said.

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JAPANTEX Interior Trend Show

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On 18th November, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the opening ceremony of the 34th JAPANTEX Interior Trend Show took place in Tokyo.

Photo from IB News

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