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Emperor Akihito to make last remarks before abdication

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Aamazing scene. I never thought I would see this.

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The emperor plays the cello and Michiko accompanies on the piano. They are a lovely couple.

The sword held by the third guy on the right, that can’t be “the” sword can it? I assume not because one would think only the emperor can hold it in such a ritual.

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Best of wishes to them!

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I saw on the news that Empress Michiko didn't attend this morning's ritual because of pain in her arms and neck and that Crown Princess Masako also didn't attend because of her "stress-induced illness." Masako betetr get over her "stress-induced illness" in a huryy because it won't look good if Emperor Naruhito has to go out and about to events by himself or host dinners for visiting heads of state by himself. One of the things that endeared the outgoing emperor and empress to the people was the fact that for most of the time, they did things together, especially as they got older.

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Spartacus, “Masako betetr get over her "stress-induced illness" in a huryy because it won't look good if Emperor Naruhito has to go out and about to events by himself or host dinners for visiting heads of state by himself. “

The only ones ones who will be critical of that will be the small-minded, mean-spirited, misogynist types. If Masako were disabled by a stroke, cancer, MS, ALS or such, would you be saying she better get over it quick?

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Educator60

To the best of my knowledge, Masako has not been disabled by a stroke, or has cancer, MS, ALS or such. If she had been, then it would be a different situation.

I don't know what is ailing Masako but she will be an empress tomorrow and millions of Japanese will want to see her out and about with her husband. A statement from the Imperial Household Agency saying she is suffering from stress and can't attend an event doesn't look good. It's just my opinion.

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This robe makes Emperor Akihito look like Grumio from Plebs (no offence). Salve!

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Masako did not attend the rituals this morning but at this very moment she is smiling and waving from the car on her way to the evening events. I strongly believe she will willingly do whatever she is capable of doing and only the cruel and mean-hearted or those with some ill motive, will be pressuring her to do more than she is feeling up to at any given time.

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Masako betetr get over her "stress-induced illness" in a huryy because it won't look good if Emperor Naruhito has to go out and about to events by himself or host dinners for visiting heads of state by himself.

Now that she's property, she'd better get with the program, right?

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Re Crown Princess Masako - I've commented before that no-one would envy the life of a Japanese royal, living in that IHA-governed bubble, but it got a fairly negative reaction so I won't repeat it here.

Whoops - just did.

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