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Watanabe Midori
  • Watanabe Midori 
  • By this author: 2 Latest posted: 2017.03.10
Visiting professor, Bunka Gakuen University. After graduating from Waseda University, joined the Nippon Television Network in 1957. Produced television programs about the imperial family following her coverage of the marriage of the crown prince in 1959. Won a Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association Award for the 1980 documentary Mitsugo jūgonen no seichō kiroku (A  Fifteen-Year Triplet Chronicle). Served as chief director of the coverage of the demise of Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) in 1989. Her most recent book is Michiko-sama kara Mako-sama Kako-sama e: Purinsesu no sodatekata (Raising Princesses: From Princess Michiko to Princess Mako and Princess Kako).
Empress Michiko: The Times and Trials of the Emperor’s Devoted Consort2017.03.10

On August 8, 2016, Emperor Akihito, then aged 82, delivered a statement in which, while using indirect language, he indicated his desire to abdicate. And in October, Empress Michiko, who had just turned 82 herself, prepared written answers to questions from the press, including this passage: “It came as a shock to me . . . to see the words seizen taii  printed in such big letters on the front pa…

An Imperial Princess for the Twenty-First Century2015.05.22

The public is utterly smitten with Princess Kako of Akishino, second daughter of the emperor’s second son, who came of age and assumed her official duties late last year. While her beauty doubtlessly plays a part, the real source of her appeal is the inner grace and nobility of spirit passed on to her by Empress Michiko and the other remarkable women of the imperial household.

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