Japan Crown Prince Family Donates 300 Handmade Medical Gowns


Tokyo, May 26 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Crown Prince Akishino's family and government staff have made 300 medical gowns by their own hand for medical institutions, the front line of the battle against the new coronavirus.

The gowns were donated to the Saiseikai Imperial Gift Foundation, headed by the Crown Prince, the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito, with handwritten messages to cheer and express gratitude to medical staff, according to the foundation.

Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko became interested in making such gowns after hearing about protective gear shortages at medical institutions in an online meeting with a senior foundation official and others May 11 that was also attended by their daughters, Princess Mako and Princess Kako.

The family and Imperial Household Agency staff made the medical gowns out of plastic bags.

On May 15, 100 of the gowns were delivered to Tokyo Saiseikai Central Hospital, and the foundation's head office received the remaining 200 on Friday.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

Jiji Press