Crown prince and princess of Japan head to Netherlands

TOKYO, April 28 (UPI) -- The crown prince and princess of Japan Sunday headed to the Netherlands to attend the coronation of the new Dutch king, officials said.
Japanese emperor offers encouragement to quake, tsunami victims

Japanese emperor offers encouragement to quake, tsunami victims

TOKYO, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Japanese Emperor Akihito offered encouragement Wednesday to people still working to rebuild their lives from the devastating 2011 tsunami and earthquake.
Japan Emperor Akihito celebrates birthday

Japan Emperor Akihito celebrates birthday

TOKYO, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Japanese Emperor Akihito Tuesday greeted well-wishers gathered for his 75th birthday celebration at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

Japanese royalty at Tokyo hospital

TOKYO, June 9 (UPI) -- Japanese Crown Princess Masako and Princess Aiko visited Crown Prince Naruhito Saturday at the hospital in Tokyo where he's recovering from surgery.

Princess bears male heir to Japan's throne

TOKYO, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- The Chrysanthemum Throne acquired a male heir Wednesday when Princess Kiko, wife of the younger son of Emperor Akihito of Japan, gave birth to a boy.

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Japan abuzz over impending royal birth

TOKYO, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Speculation ran high across Japan Monday that Princess Kiko will have a male heir to the throne by a Caesarean section this week. Officials with the Imperial Household Agency have repeatedly said no one knows the gender of the child the princess is carryi

Skydiver comic lands on imperial grounds

TOKYO, July 3 (UPI) -- A Japanese comedian attempting a parachute landing in a Tokyo stadium landed at the home of the heir to the imperial throne when he was blown off course.

Japanese princess enters kindergarten

TOKYO, April 11 (UPI) -- Princess Aiko, the little girl who may become empress of Japan, entered kindergarten Tuesday.

Japan's Princess Sayako marries commoner

TOKYO, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Japan's Princess Sayako married Tokyo metropolitan government employee Yoshiki Kuroda at a Tokyo Hotel Tuesday morning. It was the first marriage of a daughter of a Japanese Emperor to a commoner in 45 years.

Japanese princess back in seclusion

TOKYO, April 13 (UPI) -- Japanese Crown Princess Masako has apparently returned to seclusion.

Japan's Crown Princess cancels trip

TOKYO, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Crown Princess Masako of Japan abandoned plans to travel to the Special Olympics because of continuing health problems.

Crown prince apologizes for outspokenness

TOKYO, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito said Wednesday he has apologized to his parents for being critical of how the Imperial Household Agency has treated his wife.

Japanese princess may enter kindergarten

TOKYO, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The Japanese Imperial Household Agency is deciding whether 3-year-old Princess Aiko will begin kindergarten in April.

Japan considers having woman on the throne

TOKYO, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Japan has formed a panel to decide whether or not a woman could be allowed to sit on the Chrysanthemum Throne in the absence of a male heir.
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Crown Princess Masako
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito(R) and Crown Princess Masako(L) appear during a new year greeting at the East Plaza, Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, on January 2, 2010. UPI/Keizo Mori

Masako, Crown Princess of Japan (雅子皇太子妃殿下, Masako kōtaishihi denka, the Crown Princess Masako?, born December 9, 1963) is the wife of Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan, the first son of the Emperor Akihito and the Empress Michiko, and a member of the Japanese Imperial Family through marriage.

She was born Masako Owada (小和田 雅子, Owada Masako?), the eldest of Hisashi Owada, a senior diplomat. She has two younger sisters, twins named Setsuko and Reiko. Masako went to live in Moscow with her parents when she was two years old, and attended kindergarten in Moscow. Upon returning to Japan, she attended a private girl's school, Denenchofu Futaba, in Tokyo from elementary school through her second year of senior high school. Masako and her family moved to the United States when her father became a guest professor at Harvard University and also vice ambassador to the United States. She graduated from Belmont High School in Belmont, Massachusetts, near Boston, where she was president of the National Honor Society.

Princess Masako holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) magna cum laude in Economics from Harvard University and attended but did not finish the graduate course in International Relations at Balliol College, Oxford University. Her senior thesis advisor at Harvard was Jeffrey Sachs. She also studied briefly at the University of Tokyo, where her father taught, in preparation for the entrance examinations at the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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