Empress Masako reflects on her life in the Imperial family

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On the occasion of her 59th birthday, Empress Masako has released a document in which she looks back on her life in the Imperial family, among other things.

She talked about her more than 29.5 years (half of her life) in the imperial family. She married then Crown Prince Naruhito on June 9, 1993.

Reflecting on her life since then, she wrote, “So many things have happened. I have experienced a lot of joy and sometimes sadness.” She thanked her husband and in-laws for their support and guidance.

Regarding her health, the Imperial Household Agency medical team said her physical condition “continues to fluctuate and her fatigue may persist for some time.”

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