Crown princess has stomach flu

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

  • 0

    Wanda-kun

    "While she developed a fever on Tuesday, possibly caused by a norovirus, which can provoke vomiting and diarrhea, . . . "

    Thanks for sharing this.

    And, by the way, there is no such thing as "stomach flu."

  • 3

    herefornow

    Masako, struggling to adjust to royal life, has for years suffered from a stress-induced illness.

    Translation: The IHO managed to wring any spark of life and individuality from her, so she now suffers from severe depression.

  • 0

    cleo

    Poor Masako. Norovirus can be nasty and debilitating, and there appears to be a lot of it about at the moment. An infected person is contagious both before symptoms show and for several days up to a week or so after symptoms disappear. The Imperial cleaning staff needs to disinfect with bleach every loo the princess has used, as well as every door knob and surface she has touched, and all her eating utensils, towels, etc. And make sure she gets lots of fluids.

    Chez cleo young and old had it over the holidays, and it's not pleasant. Not pleasant at all. Dunno what medication Masako has been given - the doctor told us there is no medication that works on novovirus. All he could give us was kanpoyaku to ease the symptoms.

  • 2

    smithinjapan

    So do a lot of people. What of it? I wonder if the young lady would appreciate us all knowing about her bodily excretions and what not. Anyway, hope she, like anyone else who is sick, gets well soon.

  • 0

    cleo

    So do a lot of people. What of it?

    Maybe a bit of heightened awareness will encourage people to be a bit more careful about handwashing, etc., so that fewer people get it?

  • 0

    LH10

    Please get well Princess Masako!!!

  • -1

    Allison Honig

    Sorry princess masako-chan!!! Get better! Ill pray every day!!!

  • 0

    gyouza

    A lot of it about, and had it myself on New Years Day. Lovely!

    Get well soon.

  • 2

    tmarie

    Why even the mention of noro when they don't know that is what it is? Why report this anyway?

  • 1

    concentratedsin

    it's definitely going around. my husband i already had it.. get well princess!!

  • 7

    Virtuoso

    And, by the way, there is no such thing as "stomach flu."

    Maybe AFP's reporter couldn't spell "viral gastroenteritis."

  • 0

    BurakuminDes

    Gotta wash your hands properly, Masako!

  • 2

    smithinjapan

    Cleo: "Maybe a bit of heightened awareness will encourage people to be a bit more careful about handwashing, etc., so that fewer people get it?"

    True, you could call it an indirect public service announcement, but in that case I think an actual public service announcement might suffice. :)

  • 0

    The Munya Times

    her husband and their daughter, Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Aiko, have not been affected,

    Didn't they eat the same food? I don't know the imperial palace but I don't think they have restaurants, fast food chains to freely go down and eat. They eat what they are given. How did it happen?

    Poor woman. All my friends say she deserves her fate, how could she think she would have better life there and how did she dare set foot into a rigid scary place like that, specifically when she doesn't fit in at all. I don't think so. It's just a single mistake she made and all her life is wasted. I hope this sickness is not another ijime from the IHO or a warning for her for something more serious if she insist of being herself. Poor woman.

  • 0

    cleo

    >I think an actual public service announcement might suffice.

    Couldn't agree more.

    Darn bug robbed me of a week of my life.

  • 0

    Ch1n4Sailor

    And, by the way, there is no such thing as "stomach flu."

    Very good point, I can't tell you how many times I hear the word "Flu," and 9 times out of 10 they just have some bug going around.

  • 0

    Harry_Gatto

    And, by the way, there is no such thing as "stomach flu."

    Often just called the "two-bob bits".

  • 0

    JapanGal

    Cleo, it is Noro and not Novo.

    Nasty stuff no matter how you spell it.

  • 0

    Apsara

    Didn't they eat the same food? I don't know the imperial palace but I don't think they have restaurants, fast food chains to freely go down and eat. They eat what they are given. How did it happen?

    The Munya Times, Princess Masako's illness was most likely caused by a virus, not food poisoning, so what she and her family ate has nothing to do with it since norovirus etc are usually transmitted person-to-person.

    Interesting to see so many here had norovirus or something like it over New Year- we did too, and managed to take it overseas with us and give it to my family there as well (we came down with it the day after arriving in my home country so pretty sure we caught it in Japan). It was nasty but we were all over it in 24 hours and didn't need any medication. If Masako had a fever on Tuesday she is probably well over it by now.

  • 0

    cleo

    Didn't they eat the same food? I don't know the imperial palace but I don't think they have restaurants, fast food chains to freely go down and eat. They eat what they are given. How did it happen?

    Noro (not novo!) can be transmitted via food, but it's more likely to be passed person-to-person. Maybe some member of the Imperial household (one of Masako's personal maids?)brought it in on their hands.

    How badly people are affected varies depending on a number of factors, including, apparently, blood type - people with type O are likely to have a harder time than others. In our family, everyone with a direct English link (me, the kids and the grandkid) got it bad, while the Japanese-only men in the family merely lost their appetites for a couple of days, and the Japanese-only ladies were completely unscathed. Apsara was lucky to be over it in 24 hours - I did one day thinking I had a really bad hangover, then three days prostrate and another 3 days tottering about the house feeling weak and wobbly. Never again. (I hope!)

  • 0

    FightingViking

    Now I understand why my family dropped all the "titles" - I would hate it if everytime I caught whatever "bug", it would be made public ! I feel very sorry for the Princess and hope she gets better very soon but in her place, finding out that all of Japan knew I was sick would make me even sicker... No privacy for the Royals...

  • 0

    The Munya Times

    @Apsara @cleo

    Point taken, thanks for making it. I thought it needs a relatively bigger amount of virus e.g. via infected food to get sick.

  • 0

    Cos

    How did it happen?

    Families that get kids (or adults) going to school tend to catch all the viruses around. If you live on a desert island and you meet nobody, you are "protected" from that, but you'll get things from mosquitoes.

  • 0

    gogogo

    Diarrhea? Serious? we don't need to know this! Do you think any other country releases a press release when their Royal family or president has a case of the craps?

  • 0

    Fugacis

    Diarrhea? Serious? we don't need to know this! Do you think any other country releases a press release when their Royal family or president has a case of the craps?

    Sadly my country (Great Britain) gets treated to a press release when any of our parasitic royals has so much as a cold. We haemorrhage tax money by the hundreds of millions of pounds to pay for the privileged lifestyles of these useless inbred dullards, and in return we get a sickening feudalistic celebrity culture.

    From the apparent importance of this non-story, it appears that Japan appears from the same thing, though at least the imperial family have achieved things as private citizens.

  • 0

    Apsara

    people with type O are likely to have a harder time than others

    I was interested when I was looking for information on norovirus to see the O blood type effect- me and the family members, including Japanese people, who came down with it all have type O blood. Some people who I might have expected to catch it since they were around us the whole time we were sick were totally unscathed- I'm waiting until they are back from their holidays to ask what their blood type is.

  • -1

    midoritori

    Sorry you are ill Your Highness, please be well soon.

  • -1

    Foxie

    That norovirus sounds scary. Cleo's insights are very informative. I am sorry to hear you had to go through such an ordeal. I hope that Princess Masako will recover soon from it too.

  • 0

    cleo

    What I don't understand is how I ate nothing for three days yet lost not an ounce of weight. :(

    All you want to know about norovirus, and then some - http://www.medicinenet.com/norovirus_infection/article.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norovirus

  • 0

    oberst

    Get well soon. Multiple trips to the royal toilet is no fun

  • 1

    Familienprobleme

    For those fretting over the privacy of the royals, they can have privacy as soon as they stop sucking up pubic tax money.

    That said, I would much rather some other news, something important, rather than a piece about the latest illness of a royal. I am not fond of tabloid bits. Not fond of the royals either.

  • -1

    Vernie Jefferies

    Seems like the Royal family has been suffering a lot of sickness lately. I hope they get better care for themselves.

  • -3

    oginome

    Ugh, I had the noro virus five years ago, and still have vivid memories of it. Nasty stuff. Get well soon Masako,

  • 4

    Ranger_Miffy2

    Why do these news stories about CP Masako always include the doleful observation that she is "struggling to adjust to royal life"? It has been years! I would say that she has adjusted and this is it. Sorry, pet peeve.

  • 0

    gogogo

    Why do these news stories about CP Masako always include the doleful observation that she is "struggling to adjust to royal life"? It has been years! I would say that she has adjusted and this is it.

    The best line I've read, you hit it on the head....

Login to leave a comment

OR
  • Import and Export Trading Assistant

    Import and Export Trading Assistant
    ECO Resource、Tokyo
    Salary: ¥2.5M ~ ¥3.5M / Year 経験・前給与を考慮の上、要相談
  • Program Assistant

    Program Assistant
    Temple University, Japan Campus - テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス、Tokyo
    Salary: Commensurate with experience plus transportation from/to TUJ
  • Recruitment / HR Generalist

    Recruitment / HR Generalist
    Temple University, Japan Campus - テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス、Tokyo
    Salary: Commensurate with experience plus transportation from/to TUJ
  • IELTSインストラクター

    IELTSインストラクター
    Berkeley House Language Center / バークレーハウス語学センター、Tokyo
    Salary: ¥3,500 / Hour Negotiable
  • Bilingual Administrative Staff

    Bilingual Administrative Staff
    Star Kids International Preschool、Tokyo
    Salary: Salary negotiable Depending on experience

More in National

View all

View all