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Visit by Japanese princess to Hawaii is canceled

By Associated Press & Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:46 p.m. HST, Dec 06, 2013

An art lecture that was to be presented by Princess Akiko, a member of Japan's royal family, on Tuesday at Hawaii Pacific University has been canceled after she fainted and was hospitalized in Japan.

According to the Japanese Consulate in Honolulu, "The Imperial Household Agency announced yesterday (December 6th, Japan time) that Her Imperial Highness Princess Akiko of Mikasa momentarily fainted and was admitted to a hospital as a precaution. The agency also announced that her scheduled visit to Hawaii has been cancelled."

Akiko was due to watch storytellers tell Japanese and Hawaiian myths at the Hawaii Theater in Honolulu over the weekend.

On Tuesday, she was expected to speak at Hawaii Pacific University about the history of Japanese art in the British Museum.

The princess has a doctorate from Oxford University, where she specialized in Japanese art in the Western world.

Akiko's father was the late Prince Tomohito, a first cousin of Emperor Akihito.

For inquiries, contact the Japanese Consulate 543-3111.

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ippikiokami wrote:
Wrong photo, it is not Princess Akiko of Mikasa, it is a photo Princess Aiko.
on December 6,2013 | 12:44PM
SteveToo wrote:
Does anyone really care? What's with America's fascination with royalty?
on December 6,2013 | 04:17PM
username_required wrote:
I agree. We should get a teenager from New Zealand to write a song about it.
on December 7,2013 | 08:39AM
GorillaSmith wrote:
2,000 years of inbreeding and you have to expect a few health problems.
on December 7,2013 | 06:58AM
awahana wrote:
Go and make fun.
Meanwhile she sits in the lap of luxury, while we spend our time typing in worthless comments that a few dozen will read, at the expense of our $100 plus low bandwidth Oceanic/HawTel service...when we could be out enjoying the expensive day in paradise that we are paying for every second of our existence.
on December 7,2013 | 10:43AM
nitpikker wrote:
wow! this item has really brought out the racists!! i know there's a lot more of you out there!!
on December 7,2013 | 01:51PM
SteveToo wrote:
I'm not a racist. I don't care if the princess is Japanese or British or what ever. I don't give two hoots about any "royal" persons 'cept maybe someone of Hawaiian blood as we are living here.
on December 7,2013 | 04:08PM
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