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Mental health issues show women bear brunt of Japan monarchy system

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Pales into insignificance compared to the average person's stress who doesn't know where next months rent money, child's christmas presents, or health insurance premiums are coming from.

This is an interesting new phenomenon, try to make normal people feel sorry for the richest most privilidged.

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Woman in Japan are treated less to their male counterpart generally. This applies across the board

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in Japanese culture, women feelings have to be inexistant, they just learn to make fake smiles and suffer in silence

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Come on lets be honest I bet ALL the royal family are highly stressed by all the BS they have to deal with!

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Maybe, but I also think most men suffer in silence.

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due to public unease over the money row.

No one outside of the imperial household gave a cr@p about the “money row.”

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"It is as if there are no human rights (within the imperial family)," said clinical psychologist Sayoko Nobuta.

Theoretically, this is true. The members of the imperial family do not possess any of the constitutional rights per Articles 10 through 40 of the Constitution. The said constitutional provisions only guarantee human rights to 國民, which is defined in the Article 10 and is understood as those who are on the Family Register. (Official English translations of the Constitution inaccurately render 國民 as "people" but in the light of the Article 10 it only means those with a family register, and the royals are not on the Family Register.)

Hence the royals cannot vote, do not have freedom of speech or religion, no freedom to choose residence or occupation.

Now, this also means that foreigners do not have any human rights in Japan if the Constitution is to be literally interpreted. However, the Japanese State is obligated to uphold their rights as part of its international obligations under the UN treaties, conventions, and international customary law.

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Aside from why or where this idea came from, it’s absolutely stupid to view 50% of the population as being less than capable. It actually shows that a % of males are so stupid they believe in their superior powers based on genitalia. Get over it.

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In my experience, it is typically those who have led the most pampered lives who lack resilience.

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There seems to be a lack of empathy for people who are born into such a rigid system. Imagine all of your movements, gestures, behaviors, sounds, paths, decisions, etc.. constantly being under judgement, modification, and correction. That would be a nightmare for me. They are also human and deserve empathy.

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How bought we let our tax money go to useful things like childcare and education instead of funding these icons or symbols. Let's see how their mental health is when they actually have to face a real job trying to pay for basic living.

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Why would the Imperial House of Japan not suffer the same life stresses and mental health issues that we all have from time to time endure?

We are all first and foremost human beings.

Monarchy, duty is front center

However is not a means to alleviate emotional wants and desires.

The stuff that is best kept out of media scrutiny.

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I’d guess it’s C-PTSD which comes from continental pokes of the flight or flight response. More than PTSD which comes from a signal Traumatic event.

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Not only the women in the imperial family but many Japanese women in general suffer of a deep arcaich,patriarchal and strict men centred society.

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And who/what creates these alleged illnesses?

The Imperial Household Agency.

Such a nasty, spiteful, vindictive entity has no place in this Modern Era.

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The majority of the people around me suffer from PTSD and most are on medications that seems endless, the daily pressure to CONFORM is just unbelievable and they just can't escape it.

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Zichi is right except it is not just women.

Masako & Diana had an option not to step into that system but they chose it.

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Theoretically, this is true. The members of the imperial family do not possess any of the constitutional rights per Articles 10 through 40 of the Constitution. The said constitutional provisions only guarantee human rights to 國民, which is defined in the Article 10 and is understood as those who are on the Family Register. (Official English translations of the Constitution inaccurately render 國民 as "people" but in the light of the Article 10 it only means those with a family register, and the royals are not on the Family Register.)

This is not quite accurate. If you look at some of the rights in the Constitution they do only apply to “kokumin” as you say, but actually most of them don’t use that word and use either the more general “nanpito” (any person), or don’t have a subject at all. Article 10 is irrelevant in terms of who the rights apply to, it merely states that the conditions for being a Japanese national are to be set out in legislation, the Supreme Court has never used it in that way when dealing with cases in which it was unclear if a person was covered by a specific constitutional right (mostly involving foreigners).

Also, I don’t think that members of the imperial family are excluded from enjoying constitutional rights like everybody else, the Constitution itself certainly says no such thing and it wouldn’t be in line with several of its provisions (like equality before the law under At. 14).

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"Mental health problems show the Japanese population bear the brunt of Japan's culture"

There....I fixed it.

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At some point, most of us become adults and can choose to walk away from things we don’t like. 

This is deep. I am still working on it.

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Pales into insignificance compared to the average person's stress who doesn't know where next months rent money, child's christmas presents, or health insurance premiums are coming from. 

This is an interesting new phenomenon, try to make normal people feel sorry for the richest most privilidged.

Mental health is not bound by socioeconomic status.

Look at Anthony Bourdain; he grew his career to a point where he had F.U. money, and he had a dream job (at least as considered by most of us here, being world travel buffs). Still, he committed suicide.

There is another human condition that knows no bounds to socioeconomic status, a human condition that applies to all of us reading this story: Compassion. Your comment suggests you are lacking in this department.

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If 50% of the population have a mental illness then that implies it is a normal reaction.

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Women bear brunt of Japan monarchy system? What about the men? All women have the choice either to stay or to walk away anytime with some separation pay.

It's not really so different from other Royal families worldwide.

If I compare their life with the harsh daily life of many ordinary men and women in Japan I don't think, it's such a bad life.

Of course their freedom is restricted, but this is about the same with other people who require protection because of their status, like some leading politicians, celebrities, very rich businessmen...

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Theoretically, this is true. The members of the imperial family do not possess any of the constitutional rights per Articles 10 through 40 of the Constitution. The said constitutional provisions only guarantee human rights to 國民, which is defined in the Article 10 and is understood as those who are on the Family Register. (Official English translations of the Constitution inaccurately render 國民 as "people" but in the light of the Article 10 it only means those with a family register, and the royals are not on the Family Register.)

What is 國民? Are you using Chinese keyboard or posting from China?

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HTF can you possibly have "post traumatic stress disorder" prior to anything. Post means after. Prior means before. The first paragraph makes no sense whatsoever

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Hard to believe, how could you have stress when you have everything on a silver plate? plus when you have the option of leaving it all and move to where ever you wish with full financial support.

Give the rest of the average Japanese a break, pls.

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50% of the population have mental health issues. Agoraphobia, paranoia, delusional, anger management, the list goes on.

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Regardless of an individuals wealth, I thought all you staunch republicans believed in all people having inalienable human rights? So how is it just because a person is born in to a family or institution you don’t approve of they suddenly have no rights or entitlement to mental health?

The system imposed on these people would be wholly unacceptable in any other walk of life or any other country and being in a gilded cage changes the nature of imprisonment not one jot.

Those commoners who married in to the family chose to marry the person they loved, not subject themselves to a regime that would make most prisons look positively liberal. The Imperial Household Agency could teach the North Korean government a thing or two!

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Royalty is an outdated concept in any modern society on the planet.

Retiring this tradition would free up much land for the homeless and ease the burden on taxpayers.

While the behavior of Japan's royal is tightly controlled, such is not the case in European royalties, who live lavishly and decadently at huge costs to the working people and give little in return save for tabloid fodder.

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Royal family !

Not Imperial Royal Family !

The Imperial royal family ceased to be imperial when they surrendered Japan and renounced their legendary godliness status.

Princess Aiko should be allowed to ascend to the throne.

If the symbol of Japan was to become an Empress then a greater unification could emerge not only domestically but internationally.

Its Not only the women in the Royal family that suffer from stress related conditions due to male dominance but also many women in Japan.

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Many speculated that a major cause of her stress was pressure to produce a male heir, as no boys had been born to the imperial family since the birth in 1965 of Crown Prince Fumihito.

If this family does not know by now that it is the male that determines the gender, then they must be completely stupid.

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They are big chairs! Or small people. Either way not gracious.

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Before people get up in arms over this, remember that a lot of Japanese women thoroughly enjoy how they are treated.

That was the case when Japan was wealthy around the 1980s because Japanese women enjoyed the companies of wealthy husbands. Now, it is not much anymore as Japan becomes Daiso of the World as Thailand and Vietnam even become much more expensive and richer. Rising divorces and marital fights stem from economic reasons more than love.

People were pissed in the Komuro case because his family has a dubious financial history that I am also quite suspicious about. If I was Mako's parent, I would be hesitant to marry her off.

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You are a staunch Republican @zichi. Your comment is redundant on that basis.

These woman did not ask to be born into the system. Money and privilege does not necessarily make you happy, especially when the system is hopelessly out of touch.

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