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2009-09-06 13:41:13

Japan's Prince Hisahito, son of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, turned 3 on Sunday, the Imperial Household Agency says. The imperial agency said Prince Hisahito, the first Imperial Family male heir in 41 years, is healthy and enjoying a lively lifestyle, The Kyodo News reported. The agency said the child, who reportedly weighs nearly 30 pounds and stands little more than 3 feet tall, is able to change his own clothes and eat by himself. Hisahito is behind his 43-year-old father and his...

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2009-03-12 20:57:41

Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, marking their 50th wedding anniversary, have invited 101 couples also married for 50 years to a tea party. Kyodo News said the royals want to share their joy with other long-married pairs by inviting them to a get-together at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo April 10. Between one and three couples have been invited from each of Japan's 47 prefectures, the news agency said.

2008-11-30 11:36:21

An Imperial Palace celebration for the seventh birthday of Japan's Princess Aiko has been canceled because the princess is sick, royal officials say. The Imperial Household Agency said Sunday that events scheduled for Monday to honor the Japanese royal family member were canceled when a doctor diagnosed Aiko with a fever, the Kyodo news agency said. An unidentified agency official quoted the princess's doctor saying it would likely be several days until she is feeling better.

2008-08-30 15:10:00

Police say they have arrested a 31-year-old man for allegedly posting an Internet threat to kill Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito. Takeshi Yamamoto, an unemployed man in Gifu Prefecture has been charged with posting the threat, which caused a police alert on an anonymous bulletin board, Kyodo News reported Saturday. The man reportedly has admitted to posting the message, ''I will kill the crown prince,'' through his home computer Aug. 13. But he now maintains it was just a hoax. Police...

2006-09-06 05:05:54

By Chisa Fujioka and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Kiko gave birth on Wednesday to a baby boy, the first imperial male heir to be born in more than four decades and the answer to the prayers of conservatives keen to keep women off the ancient throne. The birth will scuttle for now a plan to let women ascend the throne, an idea opposed by traditionalists eager to preserve a practice they say stretches back more than 2,000 years. That would disappoint many Japanese,...

2006-09-06 02:16:15

By Chisa Fujioka and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Kiko gave birth on Wednesday to a baby boy, the first imperial male heir to be born in more than four decades and the answer to the prayers of conservatives keen to keep women off the ancient throne. The birth will scuttle for now a plan to let women ascend the throne, an idea opposed by traditionalists eager to preserve a practice they say stretches back more than 2,000 years. That would disappoint many ordinary...

2006-09-05 22:57:20

By Chisa Fujioka and Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Kiko gave birth on Wednesday to a baby boy, the first imperial male heir to be born in more than four decades and the answer to the prayers of conservatives keen to keep women off the ancient throne. The birth will scuttle for now a plan to let women ascend the throne, an idea opposed by traditionalists eager to preserve a practice they say stretches back more than 2,000 years. That would disappoint many ordinary...

2006-09-05 20:55:49

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Kiko gave birth on Wednesday to a baby boy -- the first male heir to be born into the ancient imperial family in more than four decades. The birth of a boy, third in line to the throne after his uncle and father, will scuttle a plan to let women ascend the throne -- an idea opposed by conservatives eager to preserve a tradition they say stretches back more than 2,000 years. TV programs flashed the news that a male heir had been born,...

2006-09-05 19:15:12

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Kiko gave birth on Wednesday to a baby boy -- the first male heir to be born into the ancient imperial family in more than four decades, the Imperial Household Agency said on Wednesday. The birth of a boy, who will be third in line after his uncle and his father, is likely to dampen debate on letting women inherit the throne -- an idea opposed by conservatives eager to preserve a tradition they say stretches back more than 2,000...

2006-09-05 19:07:41

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Kiko gave birth on Wednesday to a baby boy -- the first male heir to be born into the ancient imperial family in more than four decades, the Imperial Household Agency said on Wednesday. The birth of a boy, who will be third in line after his uncle and his father, is likely to dampen debate on letting women inherit the throne -- an idea opposed by conservatives eager to preserve a tradition they say stretches back more than 2,000...


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