Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga expressed his ‘discomfort’ with regard to the statement of Imperial Household Agency Grand Steward Noriyuki Kazaoka concerning Princess Hisako attending the International Olympic Committee meeting in Buenos Aires this Saturday. Princess Hisako, widow of the late Prince Takamado, was asked to take part in the IOC’s gathering, as she is known for her active contribution in sports.
Kazaoka relayed on Monday that Princess Hisako considered it a “difficult decision” agreeing to attend the IOC’s gathering in Buenos Aires as she had to take into consideration that the Imperial Family’s involvement in Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics may be thought of as political. The grand steward also expressed his thoughts on how Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko are concerned that Princess Hisako will join the IOC this Saturday. Adding that Kazaoka is referring to Japan’s monarch, Suga said that such sentiment has brought him “great discomfort” instead. In a conference, the chief cabinet secretary said that it was the office of the prime minister that requested the Imperial Household Agency to have the princess attend the meeting this Saturday.
Princess Hisako is known for being a honourary president and patron of various sports in Japan including the Japan Football Association. She will attend this Saturday’s meeting in Buenos Aires through the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The government also considers having the princess express Japan’s gratitude to the world for the support given during the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
[via Global Post]