22 augustus 2006

Royal visit, tag-along Dutch press get Japanese media play

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2006

Karuizawa, Japan (ANP) Japanese media have reported a rare private trip to Japan by Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his family -- and Dutch reporters who converged in the country to cover the visit -- with a sense of curiosity.

In its electronic edition Thursday, Asahi a left-leaning Japanese newspaper, said an official reason for Crown Princess Maxima's trip to the Japan is to convalesce, but the visit is more likely to be "an escape."

The paper said the 35-year-old Crown Princess has been under pressure due to the need to give birth to a male, who would be next in line to the throne after Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, but they have only two daughters, Princess Amalia and Princess Alexia.

Princess Amalia, 2, cannot become the reigning queen under the current male-only Royal succession law.

The paper suggested that given the Crown Princess' unsuccessful track record at changing the conservative Royal court, her latest recuperation abroad may be her final chance for self-emancipation.

Meanwhile, the Yomiuri Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper with a national circulation, paid attention to Dutch reporters on the front page of its Friday edition, saying they have come to the central Japanese city of Karuizawa in throngs to catch a glimpse at the Crown Prince's family.

On Friday, the family visited the Royal Stables near the castle with Emperor Akihito and other members of the Japanese imperial family for a photo session. The event was open to the media.

De Yomiuri's electronic edition doubted that Dutch journalists would have a better opportunity to see the royal couple because the imperial palace they are staying at is hidden from public view.

Japanese newspapers, including Nihon Keizai Shimbun and Yomiuri Shimbun, all ran big photos of Friday's event in their Saturday editions.

In its photo caption, Yomiuri said, "The Dutch have shown great interest in the Royal holidays because the Crown Prince's family rarely appears in public."

Yomiuri Shimbun, in its Saturday edition, referred to a rumor apparently circulating in Japan that Crown Princess Maxima wants to see a "Japanese specialist" during her trip to consult about her condition. A Dutch newspaper reporter quoted in the article called the rumor unfounded.

Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and family will stay in Japan until Aug. 30 and return to The Hague the following day.

Sometimes one needs to see things from the other side to see the differences...

Source: http://search.japantimes.co.jp/mail/nn20060822f1.html

6 opmerkingen:

Iris zei

Erg goed Chelle! :) Zou Maxima beseffen hoeveel geluk ze heeft?

cheruchan zei

Geluk, geluk.. ze mag blij zijn dat ze niet met de Japanse kroonprins getrouwd is haha.. Dat zou trouwens een mooie combi zijn.. knip WimLex en Masako-san weg en je hebt een prachtig paar!

Marinda zei

In de Story van deze week staat een vergelijking tussen Amalia en Aiko... Voor wat het waard is... ;)

cheruchan zei

Wat ben jij toch altijd goed op de hoogte van dat soort dingen :) Thanks voor de tip, ik zal morgen eens kijken haha!

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