Social media riles up right-wingers as nation awaits citizenship rules change
Japan’s Harry and Meghan? Not so much
Social media riled up right-wingers in Japan on Thursday, with some suggesting that the royal couple may have been imported from the far-right Netherlands for their honeymoon.
Many Tokyo commuters looked on with interest as the couple, who met at a sustainable fashion exhibition in Toronto in 2016, held hands and chatted with a Japanese school teacher.
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“Yesterday, there was a series of articles suggesting that the princess is illegal but the royal family said that this is a national issue. The imperial family is the royal family,” one Twitter user wrote.
Another wrote: “So yesterday, David Haye was all grim about Theresa May and Brexit. Now the great queen has defended England’s EU membership.”
Some users mocked the palace for being reluctant to publicise the topic on social media, and for not making it clear that the episode had nothing to do with Brexit.
“How’s the palace dealing with the incident? Everything is more important than Brexit?” one wrote.
“Good morning Japan – it’s a big day for the people of the United Kingdom,” said another.
As the couple left a nursery school in Tokyo to meet a large crowd, the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, offered his “very best wishes”.
Meghan Markle – the quiet type, reads the headline on a newsflash in Japan. Photograph: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images
“May the princess and prince of Wales have a blessed time and we hope that the royal couple’s tour of Japan will be enjoyable and touching for them,” he said.
In line with tradition, as well as British tradition, the couple will leave for their honeymoon aboard a Japanese coastguard patrol boat.
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A day earlier, Kensington Palace announced that Meghan was to adopt a Japanese surname – the Markle family already use the Markle Markle mark – as she marries Harry, 32, on Saturday at Windsor Castle.
Conservative newspapers, meanwhile, criticised the fact that the couple would not become Japanese citizens.
“Harry and Meghan, your marriage is solemnised in Eijo-Kanzaki Church in Somgaku Chaya. But you don’t become Japanese citizens. Instead you are only Japanese in your souls,” the Asahi Shimbun said in an editorial.
“How have the royal family so badly treated this nation?” the paper asked.