Monthly Archives: February 2018

Send-off Ceremony for Paralympics

On 26th February, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino attended the send-off ceremony for the Japanese national team for The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games took place in Tokyo.

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President of Chile

On 26th February, HM Emperor Akihito met with HE Ms Michelle Bachelet Jeria, President of the Republic of Chile at Imperial Residence.

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Crown Prince Naruhito turns 58

On 23rd February, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito turned 58 years old.
On the occasion of his birthday, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito atended the Press Conference took place at Crown Prince Residence.

Japan’s Crown Prince turns 58

Text from NHK World

Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito turned 58 on Friday. He will ascend the throne on May 1st of next year, one day after Emperor Akihito abdicates.
He held a news conference ahead of his birthday at his residence in central Tokyo.
The Crown Prince said he feels deeply moved and has a sense of respect for the Emperor and Empress when he reflects again on the paths they have taken.
The Crown Prince said he will keep the figures of the Emperor and Empress firmly in his heart and will always remember them when engaging in activities. He added he will also perform his duties while working hard to improve himself.
The Crown Prince talked about what an Emperor in the coming new era should be like.
He said it is important to maintain the long tradition of the Imperial Family and steadfastly fulfill the Emperor’s role as the symbol of the state, as stipulated in the Constitution.
He added that he believes another role of the Imperial Family is to think about duties in light of changes in society and act.
The Crown Prince expressed condolences to people who were affected by natural disasters in the past year. The phenomena include heavy rain in northern areas of the Kyushu region in July, the eruption of Mount Kusatsu-Shirane in January, and the heavy snow this winter.
The Crown Prince also referred to Japanese athletes at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
He said he saw gold medalists Yuzuru Hanyu and Nao Kodaira congratulate foreign rivals they have known for a long time.
The Crown Prince said he sensed deep, cross-border friendships and the presence of Japanese athletes in the world.

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Photo Exhibition of Netsuke

On 22nd February, HIH Princess Hisako and HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado attended the opening ceremony of the photo exhibition of Netsuke taken by HIH Princess Hisako took place in Kanagawa Prefecture.

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Imperial Vacation in Hayama

On 19th February, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko arrived at Hayama Imperial Villa in Kanagawa Prefecture.
Their Majesties will stay there until 22nd February.

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Supporting Children with Severe Disabilities

On 16th February, HM Empress Michiko visited the facility for the children with severe disabilities in Tokyo.

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Principals of Elementary Schools

On 15th February, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito met with the representatives of principals of elementary schools at Crown Prince Residence.

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Hiroshima Visit of Princess Akishino Vol.2

On 14th February, HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino attended the 69th National Convention on prevention of tuberculosis took place in Hiroshima Prefecture as the President of Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association.

On that day, HIH Princess Kiko visited the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima City and offered flowers at the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims.

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Hiroshima Visit of Princess Akishino Vol.1

From 13th February to 14th February, HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino visited Hiroshima Prefecture to attend the 69th National Convention for prevention of tuberculosis.
HIH Princess Kiko is the President of Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association.

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Calligraphy Exhibition

On 9th February, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino visited the 49th exhibition of 100 Modern Female Calligraphers took place in Tokyo.

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