Princess Aiko turns 15, slowly learning official duties

Dec 1, 2016

Princess Aiko turns 15, slowly learning official duties

Princess Aiko, the only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, turned 15 on Thursday. The princess, now a third-year student at Gakushuin Girls’ Junior High School in Tokyo, has been learning more about carrying out official duties over the past year ...

14-year-old Princess Aiko absent from school for last month

Oct 25, 2016

14-year-old Princess Aiko absent from school for last month

Princess Aiko, the only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, has been absent from junior high school for a month due to poor health, an Imperial Household Agency official said. The 14-year-old princess has missed school since Sept. 26 because of ...

Crown Prince not shy about criticizing Imperial system

Aug 9, 2016

Crown Prince not shy about criticizing Imperial system

Crown Prince Naruhito may be heir to one of the world’s oldest monarchies, but he is not shy about knocking the institution he represents or Japan’s warring past. The 56-year-old has leveled subtle yet unprecedented criticism at the monarchy, blaming the rigid lifestyle imposed ...

Crown Princess Masako unexpectedly joins meeting with Japanese in Tonga

Jul 6, 2015

Crown Princess Masako unexpectedly joins meeting with Japanese in Tonga

Despite health concerns, Crown Princess Masako unexpectedly joined Crown Prince Naruhito for a hastily arranged meeting with Japanese residents of Tonga on Sunday. The Crown Princess, who has been diagnosed with a stress-induced adjustment disorder, wasn’t initially scheduled to join the meeting at the ...

Crown Prince, Princess attend Tonga coronation ceremony

Jul 4, 2015

Crown Prince, Princess attend Tonga coronation ceremony

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended the coronation of Tonga’s new king on Saturday. The coronation service for King Tupou VI was held at the Free Wesleyan Centenary Church in the capital, Nuku’alofa. The Japanese couple attended a luncheon hosted at the ...