Japanese Imperial Family

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Succession in the air on prince's birthday

Thursday, 23 February, 2012, 12:00am

Princess turns 10

Princess Aiko of Japan turned 10 yesterday. She is the only child of Japan's crown prince Naruhito and crown princess Masako.

The royal couple had been married for eight years before Aiko was born.

Women cannot inherit the Japanese throne and so the princess cannot succeed her father. She has complained of being bullied at school.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Palace denies asking school to medicate pupils

Japan's Imperial Household Agency has reacted furiously to a report in a tabloid magazine that it asked the school attended by Princess Aiko, daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito, to add medication to school meals to calm the children down.

8 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Crown princess sits with troubled daughter in class

Still apparently traumatised by an encounter with some 'boisterous' boys in her school in March, the eight-year-old daughter of Japan's Crown Prince is only attending a couple of hours of school each week - accompanied in class by her mother, Crown Princess Masako.

5 May 2010 - 12:00am

Ailing Japanese princess losing support of public

Japan's media and the public appear to be losing patience with the ailing Crown Princess Masako, who is conspicuous by her absence on her husband's closely watched visit to Brazil this week.

18 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Princess Masako

Princess Masako

by Ben Hills

Jeremy P. Tarcher, HK$120

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Frustrated public wants princess to get on with her duties

The love of the Japanese public for the commoner who married into the imperial family is waning after Japan's tabloid media revealed that she had been passing up official engagements. On top of that, she was seen going out on the town with friends and family.

29 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Bad heir day

AS THE JAPANESE government attacked his biography of Crown Princess Masako - claiming inaccuracies and apparently forcing a publisher to drop the book - author Ben Hills girded himself with the knowledge that other writers had endured the same treatment for confronting wrongdoing by Tokyo.

25 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Olympic Briefs

Japan's Crown Prince on invite list

4 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Birth seen as blow to fight for sexual equality

The safe birth of a baby boy to Japan's Princess Kiko may have been greeted with a broad sigh of relief, but reformers and feminists say it has likely dealt a severe blow to the campaign for equality between the sexes.

7 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

A royal wish - my kingdom for a prince

The curse that seemingly afflicts Japan's imperial family has struck once again. Two months before Princess Kiko is due to give birth to the child that might be - if it is a boy - the heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne, palace officials announced last week that there are complications in the pregnancy.

23 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

The new face of old Japan prefers tradition to equality

Passing Tsuneyasu Takeda on the street, one would think he was just another eager young businessman. His suit is immaculate and his face unremarkable. Yet this is the man who, if history had been kinder, could have assumed the Chrysanthemum Throne.

18 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Japan's pregnant pause

Just when it seemed that Japan was on the verge of a historic reform that would finally make its revered imperial family a more gender-equal institution, the plans have been shelved by an unexpected pregnancy. The fate of legislation that would have allowed an empress to reign now depends on the sex of Princess Kiko's unborn child.

17 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Household gods pray for survival

Japan's royals face an uncertain future. The country's rising generation shows little interest, and time to produce a male heir is fast running out, reports Julian Ryall

11 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Household gods pray for survival

On the face of it, they are the typical Japanese family. Dad is rarely seen out of a suit, mum worries about the three kids - the last of whom, their only daughter, married last year and finally left the nest - while the eldest son is apparently having problems in his marriage.

11 Feb 2006 - 12:00am