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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne



Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne

Princess Masako is an intelligent young woman with an impressive resume. She speaks six languages: English, Russian, French, Japanese, Spanish and German. She graduated magna *** laude from Harvard, studied at Balliol College, Oxford and received a law degree from Tokyo University, Japan’s No. 1 university. Her thesis at Harvard was entitled "External Adjustments to Import Price Shocks: Oil in Japanese Trade." One of her professors at Harvard told the New Yorker, Masako "was a quiet, unusually intelligent young woman and a very hard worker, unassuming and a bit shy, thoroughly assimilated into the Harvard environment of the day."

Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne

..Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne..

The Japanese royals are strictly controlled by the Imperial Household Agency, their lives are not their own. They don't do much traveling, they have very little autonomy. This was a life that the very well-educated professional Masako Owada strongly hesitated to enter, and she turned out to be right in her fears..

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