Crown Princess Masako looked very relaxed on her trip ,only here second trip out of Japan since 2002 while visiting the Netherlands. The visit did Masako a world of good, not in the least because her parents live in The Netherlands and she was able to visit with them while Naruhito attended a dinner at Amsterdam’s famous Rijksmuseum hosted by Willem-Alexander’s mother Queen Beatrix. The Dutch shielded Masako from prying eyes, just as they had done when she spent a 2-week vacation with her husband and daughter Princess Aiko a couple of years earlier for the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander. Crown Prince Naruhito Masako, her husband said in his birthday press conference la
Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, in a rare overseas trip, are scheduled to begin a tour of the Indian cities of New Delhi and Chennai on Nov. 30. The Imperial couple’s week long visit will be a significant event in Indo-Japanese relations, helping to create closer economy and security ties between Asia’s two leading political parties as they look to stabilize Asia’s ruling. Traditionally, a visit from the Japanese Emperor, except for a coronation or royal anniversary celebration is seen as a signified turning point in regards to changes in how the country will be governed. While the Emperor is only the “symbol of the state” under Japan’s U.S.-imposed pos
Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako visited a temporary housing complex over the weekend in Kamaishi, a city that was hit hard by tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. The couple arrived in Iwate Prefecture on Friday for the two day visit. The crown prince and crown princess talked to residents at the temporary housing, saying “Have you become accustomed to life here?” and “Take care of yourself as it will get colder.” The crown princess took the hands of a 71-year-old woman in a wheelchair who was in tears. This was the crown princess’s first official duty due to health problems with an overnight stay, her last trip was to Hyogo Pr
On Oct 27th Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko will visit the Minamata Disease Municipal Museum, the imperial couple and will hear the experiences of people affected by the world’s worst case of mercury poisoning, thousands of lives were destroyed, tearing families apart and left hundreds still seeking compensation. They will also make their first visit to the National Sanitarium Kikuchi Keifuen in Koshi, Kumamoto Prefecture, and talk to leprosy patients who were forced into isolation for years under what has now been ruled an unconstitutional program. The emperor and empress have long had an interest in the diseases and shown sympathy for the victims. Akihito will be the first emperor
The Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako returned to visit some of the Great East Japan Earthquake refugees in Fukushima who have been unable to return home since the earthquake and have been living temporarily in Koriyama because of the still ongoing issues at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, site of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. The couple were greeted by the refugees, and the Prince chatted to 76 year old Kisa Horikawa whose husband died three months ago, the Princess asked the other refugees to be careful about their health. They also visited a facility that checks the radiation levels of the different food that comes in from Fukushima, this was set up to try and
A scheduled June 21-28 trip to Turkey by Princess Akiko, the elder daughter of the late Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, has been canceled due to ongoing antigovernment demonstrations in the country, the government said Tuesday. The 31-year-old princess had planned to give a lecture on Japanese culture at the former Japanese Consulate General in Istanbul, close to the center of the rallies. The Foreign Ministry suggested the trip be rescheduled. She was also to attend a concert honoring her father, a cousin of Emperor Akihito, in Ankara.