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 honors anniversary of Hirohito death

TOKYO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Nearly 80 people, including Japanese royal and government leaders, honored the 20th anniversary Wednesday of the death of Emperor Hirohito.
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 imperial birthday present

TOKYO, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Japan's Princess Aiko, who could become the first female successor to the imperial throne, turned 4 Thursday as the country considered new succession laws.

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.
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Princess Masako
Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito (R) and Crown Princess Masako (L) appear his Majesty's 76th birthday greeting at the East Plaza, Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, on December 23, 2009. UPI/Keizo Mori

Crown Princess Masako (皇太子妃雅子, Kōtaishihi Masako?, the Crown Princess Masako) (born 9 December 1963) is the wife of Crown Prince Naruhito, the first son of the Emperor Akihito and the Empress Michiko, and a member of the Imperial House of Japan through marriage.

Born Masako Owada (小和田 雅子, Owada Masako?), she is eldest daughter of Hisashi Owada, a senior diplomat, and President of the International Court of Justice. 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, where she completed her kindergarten education. Upon returning to Japan, she attended a private girls' school in Tokyo, Denenchofu Futaba, 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 vice ambassador to the United States. In 1981, she graduated from Belmont High School, where she was president of the National Honor Society, and she entered Radcliffe College.

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