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« Reply #1065 on: December 07, 2017, 07:08:39 PM »

I some time wonder if the Japanese royals are rich,I mean do they have some pocket money or nothing at all?aiko and parents are always pictured with their back against a ghastly wall,wearing plain jersey sweaters.....🤔🤔🤔and now the blushing bride to be wears an outfit that is just 🙀
If they can't even relay on retail therapy.....🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀
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« Reply #1066 on: December 11, 2017, 12:48:03 AM »

I some time wonder if the Japanese royals are rich,I mean do they have some pocket money or nothing at all?aiko and parents are always pictured with their back against a ghastly wall,wearing plain jersey sweaters.....🤔🤔🤔and now the blushing bride to be wears an outfit that is just 🙀
If they can't even relay on retail therapy.....🙀🙀🙀🙀🙀


I wondered that as well, here is an article from Sep 2003


The imperial Palace in Tokyo used to declare its budget on a single piece of paper, with only the barest of details. Now a new book has given the Japanese an unprecedented glimpse into royal life - and how Emperor Akihito spends his annual £150 million of public money.

Revealed for the first time is a staff list that includes four doctors on call 24 hours a day, five men who attend to his wardrobe and 11 who assist him in Shinto rites. In all, Japan's royal family commands a legion of more than 1,000 people, including a 24-piece orchestra, 30 gardeners, 25 cooks and 78 plumbers, electricians and builders.

The main imperial palace, in Tokyo, home to Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, requires 160 servants to keep it running - partly because of rules like one that a maid who wipes a table cannot also wipe the floor, according to The Imperial Family Purse. Meanwhile the emperor and his family run up a monthly water bill of £50,000.

The book, which is opening up public debate about the role of the imperial family, draws on some 200 documents made available for the first time under a new public information law. Until now, facts about spending were hidden behind the so-called Chrysanthemum Curtain, which keeps secret much of the Japanese royal family's life.

"Compared to the time when no information was available, this is an epochal step forward," writes the book's author, Yohei Mori, former royal correspondent for the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper.

Even so, the Imperial Household Agency refused to consider follow-up questions until they were supplied in writing, in Japanese, and was then unable to respond last week.

Mr Mori points out that in addition to the emperor's own doctors, his palace has a £2 million-a-year clinic with 42 staff and eight medical departments, but only 28 visitors a day. The room in which Crown Princess Masako gave birth to Princess Aiko two years ago was redecorated beforehand at a cost of £140,000.

A special 961-strong police force guards the imperial family and their residences at a cost of £48 million.

The emperor spent £140,000 building a new wine cellar, which stores 4,500 bottles of 11 types of white wine and seven types of red. When President Mbeki of South Africa visited Japan in 2001 he was served Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982, which today costs more than £300 a bottle, and Dom Perignon 1992 champagne.

The Japanese imperial family consists of an inner court of six: the emperor and empress; Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako and their daughter.

The five-member imperial household - the emperor, empress, Masako, her husband and their child - receives a 324 million yen (£1.5 million) annual stipend for daily activities.

But the civil list covers a further 19 family members who also live in imperial residences, although they are not forbidden to hold other jobs or run businesses. Prince Tomohito, a cousin of the emperor, and his wife and two daughters, both university students, receive a total of £310,000 a year, even though their royal duties are light and few Japanese even know who they are.

Mr Mori says discussion about the imperial purse has been stifled by secrecy and a lack of scrutiny by the politicians who approve the budget. "Immediately after the war, there was some level of debate," he writes. "But a sense of taboo means that people have come to avoid peering into the imperial household's economy."

The book, which has sold some 36,000 copies so far, reveals that imperial men outside the direct line of succession receive twice as much money from the civil list as their wives.

The system was devised in an era when imperial women stayed largely within the palace grounds, but Princess Sayako has visited 12 countries on official trips since her father succeeded to the throne in 1989.

Among the imperial properties is a 622-acre farm which provides milk, meat and vegetables for the imperial family at an annual cost to the taxpayer of £3 million. The farm once ran at a profit because it bred prizewinning racehorses but this was stopped in 1969.

Much of the imperial family's wealth was confiscated after the Second World War by the American occupation authorities, who viewed it as a barrier to building a democracy. By the time Emperor Hirohito died, he left personal property worth £11 million. The imperial palaces are all owned and paid for by the state.

There is some restraint in spending, at least. When the emperor travels, his entourage pays just £110 a night, no matter how expensive the hotel. Owners put up with this because none will risk losing the honour of hosting the imperial family.



But then there's also this:



Writer Ben Hills, who has penned a biography about the royal, has dubbed hers a “prisoner in a gilded cage.

Writer Ben Hills, who has penned a biography about the royal, has dubbed hers a “prisoner in a gilded cage.

By 2004 it had become too much and Masako was pronounced to be suffering a stress-related ‘adjustment disorder’. For more than a decade she withdrew from public life and was rarely seen outside of the palace. However, throughout that time, numerous reports have suggested that her seclusion is because she suffers from depression.

“Her entire existence has been negated, and this has caused her to plunge into the most serious mental illness,” Hills has told the ABC. “She's not allowed to leave [the palace] without permission...she has no credit card, she doesn't have unrestricted access to the phone, she doesn't have a passport and she doesn't even actually have a name, so her entire existence has been negated."
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« Reply #1067 on: December 11, 2017, 08:15:07 AM »

Why does the imperial family let the 'grey men' have that much control over them? They should take control like other RF.
They are considered to have a mandate from above, no?
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« Reply #1068 on: December 11, 2017, 01:28:05 PM »

With so much strict rules  .. i've always wondered if the members of the royal family are allowed to have intercourse before  marriage.
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« Reply #1069 on: December 11, 2017, 05:41:26 PM »

No way to premarital sex for the Japanese Imperial Family, I bet. I think as was the case with Charles' first wife, the bride must be certifiably virgin.

I don't think it's a question of ``letting'' Kunai-cho (the imperial household agency) control the family. The emperor is pretty much powerless, and cannot escape their clutches. Kunai-cho is, for all intents and purposes, a government agency whose job it is to supervise and protect the Emperor.  It's important to remember that, strictly speaking, the emperor has divine status. There is a huge cultural emphasis on purity of all kinds,  and there's a perception that the Imperial Family must always be perceive as such. That's why everyone dresses so blandly, and why all those official family photos are so stilted. You're looking at a divine person and his family and personality, taste etc. are totally irrelevant.

Even now, the Emperor has a lot of ritual practices he must perform every year that come within the ambit of religious/cult practices. These include such things as planting special rice and, for the Empress, tending special silkworms. Apparently the world would fall off its axis if these things are not done annually and properly and exactly as done before since forever.

I can well understand why joining this family nearly killed Masako. And I have a feeling she will have a tough time during her first few years as Empress, when she has to take on additional ritual duties. 
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« Reply #1070 on: December 11, 2017, 11:26:02 PM »

I read the Ben Hill book and I highly recommend it.
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