Japanese princes say royalty should refute extreme attacks


Tokyo (AP) — Japan’s younger brother, Prince Fumihito Akishino, should be allowed to complain about his daughter’s severe criticism of her recent marriage and allow the imperial family to refute false extreme attacks. Proposed to be.

Currently, family members are generally expected to survive criticism with few complaints from the general public.

The Crown Prince’s daughter, former Princess Mako, and her college lover Kei Komuro last month, without a traditional wedding reception, partly due to public criticism of the economic controversy involving the groom’s mother. Married. Their marriage was delayed by three years.

“Defamation, whether magazine or online, is unacceptable,” Akishino said in a press conference to commemorate his 56th birthday, recorded last week and announced Tuesday.

He described reports from several magazines as forgery, while others contained “worthy to hear” opinions. But he said some comments on social media were “terrible.”

The late Emperor Showa, the grandfather of Fumihito Akishino, was worshiped as a god until the end of World War II and fought in his name. However, today’s royal families are often the subject of comments from gossip magazines and social media.

Doctors at the palace said in October that Mako was recovering from some traumatic stress disorder that developed after seeing negative media reports about her marriage.

Empress Michiko, the mother of Empress Fumihito Akishino, the wife of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, and the first commoner to marry a monarch in the history of modern Japan, collapsed in 1993 and received negative media reports. I lost my voice temporarily. In response, the Imperial Household Agency has launched a website to address some suspicious reports.

Fumihito Akishino added that the royal family should have “certain standards” for defamation beyond the permissible range and will discuss it with palace officials.

He said defamation can hurt many people and even lead to suicide.

Mako announced in September 2017 that she was planning to get married the following year, but two months later an economic dispute involving her financial mother surfaced and the wedding was suspended.

The couple currently live in New York and Komuro works at a law firm. The dispute was settled when he paid the disputed money shortly before they left Japan.

Critics say Mako’s marriage highlights the difficulties faced by imperial women.

Mako lost her royal status because Japanese law requires the royal family of women to marry the common people to leave their families. Imperial law only allows male inheritance.

With Mako’s resignation, the size of the imperial family will be reduced to 17. Naruhito has only two male successors, Akishinomiya and his son Kuji, except for his 85-year-old uncle, Prince Hitachi.