Japanese Princess Kako Turns 27, Duties Hindered By Pandemic

Princess Kako, the niece of Japanese Emperor Naruhito, turned 27 on Wednesday after another year of limitations on official duties due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This handout photo taken on December 3, 2021 and provided by the Imperial Household Agency of Japan shows Japan’s Princess Kako, niece of Emperor Naruhito and younger daughter of Crown Prince Akishino, posing in the garden of the Akasaka imperial property residence in Tokyo, Japan, ahead of her 27th birthday on December 29, 2021. (Photo by Handout / Imperial Household Agency / AFP)

According to the Imperial Household Agency, the youngest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and Crown Princess Kiko expressed her concern for those affected by the epidemic after receiving information from experts and expressing gratitude to those who have helped the most vulnerable.

As this year marks the tenth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the northeastern region of Japan, she also offered condolences for the victims while reflecting on her previous trips in the Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures, the agency said.

The princess has expressed best wishes for her older sister, former princess Mako 30, who relocated to America after finally marrying her commoner boyfriend on October 30. A close aide has said that Princess Kako was “making efforts to participate in the same activities that Mako engaged in.”

At the end of October, she assumed the presidency honorary of the Japan Tennis Association following her sister’s wedding and also participated in an urban green infrastructure event in November. Mako attended while dressed in a dress of green inherited from her sister.

Princess Kako in May joined the ranks of an interim employee part-time at the Japan Federation of the Deaf and, in October, she volunteered to sign in a competition that was held by high-school students from Tottori Prefecture in western Japan in western Japan. She addressed participants with video messages.

In the same month, she went to an event celebrating the centennial celebration of the Girl Scouts movement in Japan. She was impressed by the efforts to achieve gender equality, as per the organization.


Source: Kyodo

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