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     In the stories I read from Japanese media, The three younger Brothers (Bio-family) were the ones who went looking for him after their Bio-parents had passed away. Because they had seen that their oldest brother didn't seem anything like them. I'm guessing they obtained the DNA sample quietly without their "older brothers" cooperation. And then later confirmed the hospital's birth records with that information on their own.

      In the Japantoday.com stories its written that the birth-brothers want to help and include their oldest brother into the family and try to make-up the lost years and opportunists, and somehow share the rest of their lives with him. No mention is made about the feeling of the oldest brother they have now, but I'm assuming he is still being treated as their brother.
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Yes, if the younger brothers are being so benevolent to their long-lost biological brother, I'd imagine they will continue to treat their oldest brother with love and respect—assuming they have done so all these years. I don't think they'd suddenly throw him out into the cold like that. I hope they'll stay just as close-knit should money ever become an issue, though.
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Interesting that no decision has yet been made on female succession and who will succeed the Crown Prince. Will it be his daughter, or his nephew?

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito turned 54 on Sunday
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The Crown Prince gave a news conference on Friday ahead of his birthday.

He referred to natural disasters that have hit Japan in recent months. He expressed deep condolences for victims of a powerful typhoon that hit Izu Oshima island in October, and heavy snow that trapped thousands of people in their homes in eastern Japan this month.

The Crown Prince said he and Crown Princess Masako will not forget the reconstruction of areas hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

He added that he hopes the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo will be an opportunity to make Japanese society vibrant and will give children something to dream about.

One member of the Imperial family took part in activities, as requested by Tokyo's Olympic bid committee, which drew public comment.

When asked about the involvement of the Imperial family members in politics, the Crown Prince replied that it is important for them to act in compliance with the Constitution, and also on the advice they receive.
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     I was so happy to see this story last week in JapanToday, that my favorite singer Hikaru Utada has decided to marry and start her life over.

 http://www.japantoday.com/category/entertainment/view/hikaru-utada-discusses-upcoming-marriage-on-her-radio-program

      I wish them both all the happiness in the world.
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Wow! Good for her. It must have been tough for her after her mother's passing, but I'm glad she has found happiness. Wishing the new married couple all the best!
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     I was so surprised and happy today to find the story of Ariana Miyamoto is the front page photo story of today's New York Times ( dated for Saturday 5-30-15 ) I hope many more people will get to know about this wonderful person!

 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/30/world/asia/biracial-beauty-queen-strives-for-change-in-mono-ethnic-japan.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=photo-spot-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0
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Ms. Miyamoto's story has been very widely reported on social media, so I'm glad the press is picking up on it, as well.
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     A few years ago I had read of a small train line (Wakayama Electric Railway) had promoted to station master a calico cat named Tama. The station and the line had been scheduled to shut down due to low ridership. But under Tama's management and supervision ridership rose, and attracted many visitors to her station. Because of her visionary leadership Tama was promoted to the title of super station master.

     But this week at age 16 Tama has gone on to the big cat box in the sky, I wish her apprentice Nitama the best of luck in the world for she has very big paws to fill.

     Here are just a few of Tama's web-links to this weeks webpages about her passing.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tama_(cat)

http://www.japantoday.com/smartphone/view/national/wakayamas-famous-stationmaster-cat-tama-dies-at-16

          Honestly after reading of her passing left in tears for a good five minutes, I must be really getting old.
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I remember reading of Tama the cat a few years ago. She was an especially healthy looking, friendly little creature—a living, purring invitation to come and pet her. The special thing about a cat is that when it is socialized with a loving human family, it is full of surprises, affection, and can be a very comforting companion.

I heard on radio network news early this morning that she had passed. I was surprised that the American media had covered it, but I suppose the little quirk that hooked the local news director was that Tama had been elevated to god status in Japan.
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I'm so sad to hear about Tama's passing! I, too, had read about her a few years ago. I briefly passed through Wakayama during my trip to Japan, but unfortunately, I wasn't able to visit this particular station, since the line they were referring to was a local line. It's interesting that the American media has covered Tama's story - hopefully more and more people will "Google" her and learn more about Japan!

We'll miss you, Tama!
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