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  • 2015-05-29 15:00:00
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 A princess & her campus life

 [Shukan Shincho, 6/4/2015 issue, p. 22]

 

o “She’s now a member of the only street dance circle on campus. When she was a student at Gakushuin University, her mother, Her Imperial Highness Princess Kiko, wouldn’t allow her to join any circle. But now, she’s allowed.” (an Imperial Family watcher, referring to HIH Princess Kako of Akishino, who entered International Christian University in spring)

 

 Japan’s future emperor

 [Shukan Shincho, 6/4/2015 issue, p. 24]

 

o “Her Imperial Highness Princess Kiko of Akishino has a sense of responsibility, even stronger than His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino’s, for raising His Imperial Highness Prince Hisahito of Akishino, who is still eight years old, as His Majesty the Emperor in the future.” (a reporter covering the Imperial Household)

 

 “Just in case”

 [Shukan Shincho, 6/4/2015 issue, p. 32]

 

o “Just in case, the Kantei is now preparing even a second-best scenario, which is to replace him with former Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera.” (a source at the prime minister’s “Kantei” office, implying the possibility of sacking the incumbent defense minister, Gen Nakatani, due to his flip-flopping in his Diet replies to interpellations over a government-sponsored package of security-related legislative measures, which Prime Minister Abe is aiming to get through the Diet during its current session)

 

 Losing face

 [Shukan Shincho, 6/4/2015 issue, pp. 136-138]

 

o Toshihiro Nikai, a pro-China heavyweight lawmaker who chairs the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan’s executive board, made the pilgrimage to Beijing with a delegation of 3,000 businesspeople. Even so, Chinese President Xi Jinping made Nikai look foolish.

 

o The day those 3,000 businesspeople were gathering in the Great Hall of the People, a convoy of two Chinese government ships, belonging to the China Coast Guard, crossed Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the Senkaku Islands of Okinawa and intruded even into a zone contiguous to Japan’s territorial waters. China didn’t stop provoking Japan.

 

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