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Wakayama Visit of Akishino Family

On 5th December, HIH Prince Fumihito, HIH Princess Kiko and HIH Prince Hisahito of Akishino visited the biological museum in Shirahama Town, Wakayama Prefecture.

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Prince Akishino turns 52

On 30th November, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino turned 52 years old.

Prince Akishino says he’s ‘relieved’ abdication law was enacted for Emperor

Text from Japan Times

Prince Akishino, the younger son of Emperor Akihito, turned 52 on Thursday, and said he is “relieved” that an abdication law was enacted in June to allow the Emperor to pass the throne to his elder son, Crown Prince Naruhito.

“I hope (Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko) will spend time relaxing” after the 83-year-old Emperor’s abdication, Prince Akishino said at a news conference on Nov. 22, prior to his birthday.

At the same time, Prince Akishino dismissed concerns over possible dual authority between the new and old monarchs.

“I can say clearly that it is impossible” that there would be dual authority, as the Emperor plans to pass on all of his public duties to the new Emperor, he said.

Concerns over the possible dual authority arose with details of the post-retirement roles for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko remaining undefined. Historically, Japan has seen ample cases of emperors exercising considerable political authority after they retired.

After the Emperor’s abdication, and once his older brother ascends to the throne, Prince Akishino will become first in line. Regarding his hopes, the prince said, “As it is unprecedented, there are many things that I cannot imagine. I presume (the new duties) would be done through trial and error.”

The prince said he hopes to take on the duties executed by Crown Prince Naruhito “as much as possible.” But concerning who will take on his own current duties, the prince said he needs to consult with the Crown Prince.

Regarding his eldest daughter, Princess Mako, 26, and her fiance and former university classmate, Kei Komuro, Prince Akishino said his impression of Komuro is that the fiance is “extremely honest.”

“I have met him a number of times but my impression of him has not changed,” the prince said.

The prince’s wife, Princess Kiko, 51, who also attended the press conference said Komuro had played the piano the other day after she requested it. “We shared time relaxing, listening to the gentle sound,” she said.

“I sincerely hope that the two will build and experience a happy life together,” Princess Kiko added. The couple’s wedding will be held next Nov. 4.

The prince said that he hopes to respect future decisions by his 22-year-old second daughter, Princess Kako, regarding marriage, as he has with Princess Mako. Princess Kako is now studying in Britain.

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State Guest from Luxembourg Vol.3

On 29th November, the members of Imperial Family attended the concert held by HRH Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg took place at State Guest House in Tokyo.

After the concert, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko bid farewell to HRH Grand Duke Henri and HRH Princess Alexandra.

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Nagasaki and Saga Visit of Princess Akishino

From 23rd November to 24th November, HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino visited Nagasaki and Saga Prefecture. On 23rd November, HIH Princess Kiko visited Peas Park in Nagasaki City with HRH Princess Laurentien of the Kingdom of Netherland and offered flowers to the memorial cenotaph for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

On 24th November, HIH Princess Kiko and HRH Princess Laurentien visited the facility of  ceramics in Arita Town, Saga Prefecture.

On that day, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino and HRH Princess Laurentien attended the opening ceremony of the bridge between the site of Dejima and the other side took place in Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture. Dejima was the Dutch trading post notable for being the single place of direct trade and exchange between Japan and the outside world during the 17th – 19th century.

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Okayama Visit of Princess Akishino

On 14th November, HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino visited Okayama Prefecture to inspect the activities of Imperial Gift Foundation for Maternal and Child Health (Boshi-Aiiku-Kai) in Okayama.
HIH Princess Kiko is the President of the Foundation.

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Autumn Imperial Garden Party

On 9th November, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko held the Autumn Imperial Garden Party at Akasaka Imperial Garden and about 2,000 guests were invited.

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Akita and Miyagi Visit of Princess Akishino

From 7th November to 8th November, HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino visited Akita Prefecture and Miyagi Prefecture to attend the Ceremony to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the establishment of Akita Branch of Japanese Red Cross Society.
HIH Princess Kiko is the Honorary Vice-President of Japanese Red Cross Society.

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Tea Party for Cultural Contibutors

On 6th November, HM Emperor Akihito, HM Empress Michiko, HIH Crown Prince Naruhito, HIH Crown Princess Masako, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino attended the tea party for the recipients of the Order of Culture and the people who had performed distinguished services in the field of culture took place at Imperial Palace.

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Imperial Family and Brazil

On 4th November, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko visited the exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first visit of Their Majesties to Federative Republic of Brazil took place at the Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo.

In advance of the visit of Their Majesties, on 1st November, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino also visited the exhibition.

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Thai Visit of Akishino Couple

From 25th October to 27th October, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino visited Kingdom of Thailand to attend the Funeral of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
In March, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko also made a condolence visit to Thailand.

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