Monthly Archives: December 2015

Princess Tsuguko’s Lecture

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On 15th December, HIH Princess Tsuguko of Takamado delivered a lecture as the staff of Japan Committee for UNICEF at Gunma Prefectural Women’s University in Tamamura Town, Gunma Prefecture.

Photo from Sankei

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This Week’s Extras

On 5th December, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito attended the ceremony commemorating the 110th anniversary of the establishment of The Japanese Alpine Club took place in Tokyo.

On 7th December, HIH Prince Masahito and HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi attended the annual banquet of Japan-Sweden Society took place in Tokyo.
HIH Prince Masahito is the Honorary President of Japan-Sweden Society.

On 7th December, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the Ikebana International Fair 2015 took place in Tokyo.
HIH Princess Hisako is the Honorary President of Ikebana International.

On 10th December, HIM Emperor Akihito met with Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications, Senior Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications and the Prefectural Governors at Imperial Palace and held the luncheon.

On 10th December, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko met with the recipients of President of National Personnel Authority Prize at Imperial Palace.

On 10th December, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino met with the ambassadors and enjoyed the duch netting at Shinhama Imperial Wild Duck Preserve in Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture.

On 10th December, HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino attended the Charity Screening supported by Imperial Gift Foundation Boshi-Aiiku-Kai took place in Tokyo.
HIH Princess Kiko is the President of Imperial Gift Foundation Boshi-Aiiku-Kai.

On 10th December, HIH Prince Masahito of Hitachi attended the award ceremony of Poster Contest of Bird Week took place in Tokyo.
HIH Prince Masahito is the President of Japanese Society for Preservation of Birds.

On 10th December, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the 11th U.S.-Japan Youth Forum took place in Tokyo.

On 10th December, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the opening match of FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2015 took place in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture.
HIH Princess Hisako is the Honorary President of Japan Football Association.

On 12th December, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended Prince Takamado Memorial Cup of U-18 Football League 2015 Championship took place in Saitama Prefecture.

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El Salvador and Honduras Visit of Princess Mako

From 2nd December to 12th December, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino visited Republic of El Salvador and Republic of Honduras commemorating the 80th anniversary of the establishment of he diplomatic relationships between Japan and both countries.

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On 3rd December, HIH Princess Mako attended the welcoming ceremony and the ceremony commemorating the 80th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relationship between Japan and Republic of El Salvador took place in San Salvador.

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On 5th December, HIH Princess Mako visited the ancient ruins of Joya de Ceren.

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On 6th December, HIH Princess Mako arrived in Republic of Honduras. On 7th December, HIH Princess Mako visited Copan Ruins and attended the opening ceremony of Copan Digital Museum.

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On 8th December, HIH Princess Mako attended the ceremony commemorating the 40th anniversary of the dispatch of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) to Republic of Honduras took place in Tegucigalpa.

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On 8th December, HIH Princess Mako attended the banquet held by HE Mr Juan Orlando Hernandez Alvarado, President of the Republic of Honduras.

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Photo from Sankei and Getty

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Forum for hearing-impaired people

On 12th December, HIH Princess Kiko and HIH Princess Kako of Akishino attended the Information Accessibility Forum 2015 took place in Tokyo. HIH Princess Kiko delivered the lecture in sign language.

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Crown Princess Masako turns 52

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On 9th December, HIH Crown Princess Masako turned 52 years old.

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With the dog named “Yuri”

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Photo from Asahi

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Wheelchair Factory

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On 8th December, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko visited the factory of the wheelchairs for competition in Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture.

Photo from Yomiuri

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International Prize for Biology

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On 7th December, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko attended the 31st Award Ceremony of International Prize for Biology and the tea party took place in Tokyo.

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Kimchi Making

On 6th December, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the event of Kimchi Making took place at the embassy of Republic of Korea in Tokyo.

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This Week’s Extras

On 30th November, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko met with the ambassador of Kingdom of the Netherlands and its spouse who leave Japan at Imperial Residence.

On 30th November, HIH Princess Yoko of Mikasa attended the annual commendation ceremony for Social Contributors took place in Tokyo. >Photo

On 1st December, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko met with the distinguished educators awarded by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology took place at Imperial Palace.

On 1st December, HIH Prince Masahito and HIH Princess Hanako of Hitachi attended the annual general meeting of The Japan-Belgium Society took place in Tokyo.

On 1st December, HIH Princess Akiko of Mikasa attended the preview screening of “Marine Accident 1890” took place in Tokyo.

On 1st December, HIH Princess Hisako and HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado met with the ambassadors and enjoyed duck netting at Shinhama Imperial Wild Duck Preserves in Ichikawa City, Chiba Prefecture.

On 2nd December, HIM Emperor Akihito met with the ambassador of Republic of Iraq who leaves Japan at Imperial Residence.

On 3rd December, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko met with the distinguished independence rehabilitation supporters for disabled people awarded by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare and the winners of Winter Deaflympics at Imperial Palace.

On 3rd December, HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko held the tea party commemorating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Japan Lighthouse Association at Imperial Palace.

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On 5th December, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado attended the 65th commendation ceremony of the essay contest for elementary and middle school pupils took place in Tokyo.

From 5th December to 6th December, HIH Princess Hisako of Takamado visited Hiroshima Prefecture to attend the final game of J-league championship 2015.

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Their Majesties will visit Philippines

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On 4th December, the Government of Japan approved that HIM Emperor Akihito and HIM Empress Michiko visit Republic of the Philippines next month to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral ties between Japan and Philippines.

It will be the first time for Their Majesties to visit Philippines since 1962.

 

[Article] Japan’s emperor, empress to visit Philippines in late Jan.

Text from The Mainichi

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will visit the Philippines from Jan. 26 to 30 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the normalization of bilateral ties, following Cabinet approval Friday.

It will be the first official visit by a Japanese emperor to the Southeast Asian country, where around 1.1 million Filipinos and other people were killed during World War II, and where about 518,000 Japanese soldiers and civilians also died.

The imperial couple are expected to pay tribute to them by visiting a monument to the Japanese war dead set up by the Japanese government and a cemetery for Philippine and other victims.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a statement, “I am convinced that their visit will help deepen the two countries’ close friendship and goodwill.”

Philippine President Benigno Aquino invited the imperial couple to visit his country when they met in June in Tokyo. During a banquet held to welcome Aquino at the Imperial Palace at that time, the emperor said Japanese people should keep remembering with deep remorse that a large number of Filipinos died during the war.

The emperor and empress have previously traveled to other major battlefields, visiting Saipan in 2005 and Palau in 2015 in commemoration of the 60th and 70th anniversaries of the end of war.

A detailed schedule of their upcoming trip is expected to be set in early January, the Imperial Household Agency said.

They are expected to fly from Tokyo’s Haneda airport on a government plane on Jan. 26 and stay in Luzon, the Philippines’ largest island. They are expected to be welcomed as state guests, with such events planned as a ceremony at the Malacanang Palace, a meeting with Aquino and a banquet.

The itinerary may include meetings with Japanese living in the Philippines and Japanese-Filipino people, an agency official said.

The envisioned visits to the monument to the Japanese war dead and the cemetery for Filipino victims reflects the imperial couple’s strong desire to mourn for them, an agency official said.

As it takes a few hours from Manila by car to visit these locations, the idea of using a chopper of the Filipino military or the Japan Coast Guard has been explored, according to a government source.

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