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Japan's crown prince says royals should refute extreme attacks

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By MARI YAMAGUCHI

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Magazines had always spice things up a bit to sell more units. But all of these rumors and false information has cause unimaginable mental pressure to their daughter. They are right. As parents,they shouldn't just sit back and allow it to continue.

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Libel, fabrication and false accusations are all part of being royal.

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Could there be a worse fate than to be born into a respectable 'royal family', a prison, where only certain behaviors are allowed and being Human is not really one of them, and the 'freedom to live one's own life' just an afternoon's daydream as attainable as the ability to fly? I think the kotowaza "Be careful what you wish for..." was coined for those who 'envy' such royalty, the same folks, I imagine, who attack 'royalty' who are strong enough to escape it and, for whom, one can have no greater wish for them than "PRIVACY' and the right to live one's only (and sadly short) life as one chooses. Bravissimo, Ms Komura, I'm sure your family mourns you and is the less for your atrocious exile.

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They should have the same rights as everyone else to sue for defamation.

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Less people would care if taxpayers weren't funding their livelihood.

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Is it the media? It seems to me the imperial household's strange and merciless opposition to Komura over something he is not personally responsible for is mainly what sparked the vitriol and raised serious questions society-wide.

Many Japanese and most non-Japanese public view the couple sympathetically in a Romeo- Juliet light. The US media is strongly supportive. Methinks the imperial household doth protest too much.

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Man! Enough of this. Like we really care. What do they do for us? Nada, yet we're paying for them. Let's move on with real news that affects us.

2 ( +11 / -9 )

If the Royal Family disappears tomorrow, what would happen in Japan and around the world?

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Ex-Princess Mako is now the lady next door. As a former royal she can and ought to sue the libelers as any other ordinary citizen would.

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imagine being an Emperor and being told what to do....being in the Royal family here seems like no fun at all. They should be like the Lizzy's family in London, crossing borders, frolicking with victims of people smuggling, using racial epithets right, righter and centre.

The truth is of course they can speak out.....if they want to. They may get bumped off, a-la Diana, by the Emperor's people but they can speak out.....grow a pair FFS. I know very little about the royals here....do they actually have jobs? Or are they just growing fat on the public teat?

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Fight against the lying press, Japan!

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Yes they should, and there should be a law or a set of rules available to prosecutors to use in cases of extreme attacks and lies.

Recently I was surprised & in some cases shocked at the amount of GARBAGE and fake news some people were posting about the royals.

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Back in the day, we would have called his complaint “pi$$ing into the wind.”

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Maybe if daddy had stood up for his daughter.....

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My wife and I have discussed this at length.

She said that it amazes her that so many gaijin are sympathetic to Komuro and Mako. She wonders if they know half of the stuff that has actually taken place and she thinks that many gaijin somehow see the couple as some sort of heroic fighters against the stuffy imperial system.

Komuro and his mother are grifters. Pure and simple.

The Crown Prince and the IHA have used their connections to get rules bent for Komuro and for him to even get his jobs in Japan and in NYC.

Which is all fine and well, except that the Crown Prince and family are funded by the taxpayer.

While Komuro was in NY studying, do readers know that he had a Japanese government special protection detail watching over him? At taxpayer expense??

And now Mako is going to be some sort of MOMA art gallery employee and will somehow get a visa to work in the U.S. ?!

Because, of course, she is just some ordinary person trying to escape the royal family system.

Utter nonsense. They are playing the victims while using the system and taxpayer moneys to actually do what they want to do.

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The prince should challenge the press to a duel.

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Princess Kako looks lovely in those pictures. A well brought up young lady.

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I love the photo where he is pointing...

"that is a bird"

hmmmm the daughter looks skeptical ;)

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The crown prince has finally spoken his mind. The unfair media continues to be critical of ex-princess Mako's activity.

Those chauvinistic Japanese males would not allow females to be empowered, not even from the imperial family. Rather egotistic..

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Chico3Today  08:07 am JST

Man! Enough of this. Like we really care. What do they do for us? Nada, yet we're paying for them. Let's move on with real news that affects us.

Mako is now married to a (commoner) man who truly loves and cares for her. Enough of all these rumors, lies, lip, gossip. Leave them alone!

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Japanese Crown Prince Akishino is a usurper. He seems to be trying every chance he gets to be in the media, lately. Is he trying to get his brother to step down, so he can take over? Is he hoping to use the media to crack his brother? Or, is he hoping to distract the media from his oldest daughter living a happier life in New York?

I hope the current Emperor and Empress live a long and wonderful life! Hopefully, they will both live into their hundreds!

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Japanese Crown Prince Akishino should have supported Mako with a wedding fit for a Princess.

From birth Mako never shied/flinched away from duty to the people and nation.

The deserved 150,000,000 yen must paid in recognition.

However, i suggest Japanese Crown Prince Akishino listened to the wrong advice.

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Japanese Crown Prince Akishino is a usurper. He seems to be trying every chance he gets to be in the media, lately. Is he trying to get his brother to step down, so he can take over? Is he hoping to use the media to crack his brother? Or, is he hoping to distract the media from his oldest daughter living a happier life in New York?

> I hope the current Emperor and Empress live a long and wonderful life! Hopefully, they will both live into their hundreds!

It seems someone does not like the current Emperor and Empress!

Is there an official Crown Prince Akishino faction on JT?

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Kings and queens are royalty not emperors anyway.

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Other than the family, does anyone really care, really?

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In Thailand (and in other countries too) you can receive a lengthy jail sentence for insulting the Thai monarchy. It would be a real shame if the Japanese government had similar laws.

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Kings and queens are royalty not emperors anyway.

None of them are royalty....they are simply people born extremely lucky. Ridiculous medieval institution that should be consigned to history along with witch burning and blood letting

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Japanese Crown Prince Akishino, the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito, has complained about harsh criticism of his daughter’s recent marriage and suggested that the imperial family should be allowed to refute false and extreme attacks.

Currently, members of the family are generally expected to stoically weather any criticism with little public complaint.

I am confused about the choice of words here. There is a difference between "allowing" and "expecting" something. I too "expect" them to not step into social media mudslinging gutter, but I think they should be "allowed" to. Bad writing?

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Kumagaijin

In Thailand (and in other countries too) you can receive a lengthy jail sentence for insulting the Thai monarchy.

I know that is the case in Thailand (creating a tricky situation with the current king). But what are the other countries you mention? I can imagine Morocco, otherwise I draw a blank.

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Kyo wa heiwa dayo ne

Kings and queens are royalty not emperors anyway.

There is actually a difference, and correctly the Japanese tenno should be called a king. But it is hard to change convention, I suppose.

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Zichi, Komuro and Mako have better taste than that!

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