Quagmire of imperial family
I'm going to spend a couple of weeks and write a crisis of Japanese imperial family. As seen from the world, the most closed family behind chrysanthemum curtain - called so after the symbol of the family - seems to have fun on their own. But the things can't be worse ever from my point of view.
The suspition arouse in my mind way too ago, but this made me more confident to know the fact that the princess canceled her birthday party among the Emperor's family just before it started. Her parents in law, the Emperor and Empress, are invited, but they ended up with being turned down by the princess. Apparently, we can see the situation that the wife is not getting along with her parents just as normal people.
For those who don't know much about Japanese royal family, let's get it straight with pictures.
The Emperor is already 70 with his beloved Empress, Michiko, who is the same age as the Emperor. It's a bit unrespectful but it's time to think about their progeny.
The prince is therefore not young, 45 years old, and he is obviously supposed to inherite the family. The problem is the next generation, his children. Actually he has only one daughter, Aiko, who is supposed to be out of their direct descendant in the event of her marriage. Plus many suspect Aiko suffers from autism since no one has ever witnessed Aiko's innocent smile although it's high time as she is 4 years old. Furthermore, no one has heard her speak something. (After writing this, I found a video taking Aiko enjoying potato digging December 2005, talking and smiling with her parents.) I'm not fond of occult and very careful about rumors, but I'm not the only one who is concerned about something wrong is happening to her physcological development.
Let us get back to my point. The real problem lies behind Aiko, the relation between the prince and the princess, or among the princess and the Emperor's couple. The princess made the Emperor and Empress stood up December 9th, 2005 due to the cancel of the princess's birthday party. Although the princess showed her cheerful face in the morning, she canceled it because she caught a cold according to Imperial Household Agent.
The princess canceled many appointments for events so far, resulting in increasing burdens to her brother-in-law because his family is subject to filling in for her family.
Tabloid papers didn't overlook this chance, and picked it up with big headlines.
In democratic societies, open discussion with open information must be guaranteed, but what family wants to speak up their own trouble?
I couldn't find the family tree in English, so I translated it into English. Man! it took me a long time. BTW, the current Emperor is 125th. And look at the bottom of the figure. Look how unlucky they are. They have nothing but girls.
Appendix: Okinawa Times, a major newspaper in Okinawa did a survey April 2004 about the Emperor system, and obtained 80% for pro-Emperor, and 13% for anti-Emperor. I am surprised to know that even Okinawa stands for Emperor system. (Okinawa is known to be one of the major places where anti-Japanese movement is actively taking place.)
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