This picture was taken in 1992.  Here Toshiaki Nakayama and Jane Hanstein recreate Nakayama’s controversial wedding photo (in background) of Japan’s Prince Akishino and his new bride, Princess Kiko. The photo in the background was taken in 1990.



Sept. 6, 2006 — Japan's Princess Kiko gives birth to a long-awaited male heir to the Imperial throne.


In 1990, Toshiaki Nakayama, a photographer with the news wire Kyodo, released a photo of Princess Kiko brushing aside Prince Akishino's hair. It was one of the most tender and endearing royal shots ever seen -- but, says Nakayama, the Imperial Household Agency (IHA) deemed it inappropriate and tried to suppress its wide distribution. - TIME Asia Magazine August 28, 2006


From The Liaison Committee on Human Rights and Mass Media Conduct  (JIMPOREN):

  A standard practice is to delay or kill a story based on information from a government official if the pertinent agency requests it-a clear act of self-censorship. Those who breach this protocol are liable to be hammered down by their own peers. In 1990, Toshiaki Nakayama, then a photographer with the Kyodo News Service assigned to cover the Imperial family (a posting so rigidly controlled by the Imperial Household Agency, Nakayama had to become a "temporary" employee of the agency in order to be granted permission to take photos), photographed Princess Kiko in the entirely human act of putting a stray lock of Prince Akishino's hair back in place.

  When the cameraman's photos were distributed for publication, the agency issued a vehement protest, calling it a violation of an agreement with its press club (anything that smacks of being too candid are banned from release). Instead of supporting Nakayama, however, his peers at the club roundly denounced him. Disillusioned with the state of Japanese journalism, the photographer resigned from the wire service nine months later.