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Princess Aiko marks her 10th birthday



In this photo released by the Imperial Household Agency, Princess Aiko poses with her pet dog at her Togu Palace residence in Tokyo.

Princess Aiko, the only child of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, and granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, turned 10 on Thursday.

Aiko was hospitalized due to pneumonia last month, but has fully recoved, the Imperial Household Agency said.

Aiko, who is a student at Gakushuin Primary School in Tokyo, stayed away from school for a long time last year and this year after reportedly encountering rough behavior by boys in her grade. She had to be accompanied by her mother to school for about 18 months, but has been going by herself since the end of September.

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maclou 1st-Dec-2011 06:44 am (UTC)
Happy birthday to her! And the dog is cute too XD

Whenever I read the stories about her and her mom and their problems I feel really bad :( I hope she's ok and the kids at school aren't bullying her.
sayufied 2nd-Dec-2011 04:28 am (UTC)
Awww D: why? What happened to them?
maclou 2nd-Dec-2011 07:29 am (UTC)
Her mother is really smart and educated and she didn't want to become a princess because she knew she would be trapped by it but the prince kept on proposing to her so eventually she agreed (I like to think it's because they're really in love) and after they got married everyone put pressure on her to have a son as soon as possible but she didn't, she had a daughter. Because of all the pressure put on her she suffers from depression. Aiko gets bullied in school and maybe suffers from some depression as well...
haratakaki 1st-Dec-2011 07:45 am (UTC)
does she have bodyguards when she goes to school? you know what, she should have at least one just to avoid bullies! gosh~ those boys don't have respect for their princess! even as a person!

Happy Birthday to her!
asth77 1st-Dec-2011 08:36 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday to her =)
tekkichan2 1st-Dec-2011 09:00 am (UTC)
happy birthday to her
what a cuute princess
nuriko 1st-Dec-2011 09:51 am (UTC)
I hope she can be empress someday. ;~;
loanwords 1st-Dec-2011 10:43 am (UTC)
She won't. The laws don't allow it and just as they were considering whether or not to amend the laws to let a female take the throne, the Emperor's second son had a baby boy. So the baby boy will be the successor to the current Crown Prince.
abusedpancake 1st-Dec-2011 11:08 am (UTC)
but i thought they already changed the law 10 years ago....
they didn't manage to do it?
and as a side note, i thought Japan has empresses in the past...

happy birthsay to the princess <3
liime_arix 1st-Dec-2011 11:12 am (UTC)
They did, but they were 'acting' in role until the next appropriate male heir was to come along.
abusedpancake 1st-Dec-2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
oh, i see, so i was only half correct, i see
thanks for clearing it up. :)
liime_arix 1st-Dec-2011 11:11 am (UTC)
They're still considering to revise the laws again, because Hashihito is the only heir under the age of 45 (The law is to Allow female members to begin new branches by marriage). He's the 2nd successor to the Crown Prince, his daddy is.
nuriko 1st-Dec-2011 09:58 pm (UTC)
Whoa, dude. I'm quite aware of that! That's why I said "I hope" not "I can't wait until." But they didn't totally drop everything as soon as Akishino's son was born in 2006. I remember that in late 2007, Prime Minister Fukuda stated he was in favor of changing the succession law. It seems to depend on who's currently Prime Minister and what he thinks of the law, really, or else nobody really says anything. There was a public opinion poll before Akishino's son's birth that had 82% in favor of changing it. After his birth, it was still nearly 70%. By the time Aiko could even get her chance, the laws may change! It's wishful thinking at this point, I know. I just really like the idea.

Besides, the law was only changed to be male only directly after World War II, and there have been plenty of empresses in the past. I think it'd be nice in modern times to have the option, because now it seems kinda silly.
miko_nyappy 2nd-Dec-2011 10:39 am (UTC)
Cross your fingers and hope for a Princes Diaries moment....
a_cheshire_grin 1st-Dec-2011 10:19 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!! ^.^

I hope, she is doing okay in school! Be strong, princess!!!
nilla_cakester 1st-Dec-2011 10:35 am (UTC)
happy b-day princess aiko

she's so qt
nova_usagi 1st-Dec-2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
Wow, her dog is really cute.

Gee, and nothing helps bullying like your mom coming with you to school and sitting in class with you. Kids are asses and that sort of thing just aggravates the situation.
atelierlune 1st-Dec-2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
I'm glad she's going to school by herself again. I hope that situation has stabilized somewhat for her.
secretdreamers 2nd-Dec-2011 03:15 am (UTC)
poor princess... she looks so stiff and unhappy in that photo.
artsxcouture 4th-Dec-2011 03:41 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday Princess Aiko!

I hope she really did have a good birthday. ^--^
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