Empress Masako and the pressure of Japan's throne
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Empress Masako and the pressure of Japan's throne

Japan's Empress Masako is only the second commoner to hold the title, after her husband Naruhito took the Chrysanthemum Throne.

The pressures of royal life have taken a considerable toll on her and she struggled publicly with mental health, but now seems to be getting a chance to put her extensive diplomacy skills to use.

  • 21 Oct 2019
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