MASAKO Owada will have ample opportunity to use the diplomatic savvy she has learned at the Foreign Ministry after she marries the Crown Prince today. According to newspaper reports, the Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yohei Kono, said that, after marrying, Ms Owada would have a lot of possibilities for putting to use the experience she had gained before marriage. However, Mr Kono said the Government had no intention of using the Imperial family as an instrument to conduct foreign policy. He briefly touched on the debate in society about the implications of the marriage of a career woman into the tradition-bound Imperial Family. Mr Kono, who is also the cabinet minister in charge of women's issues, said it was important that Ms Owada made her own decisions. ''Ms Owada made up her mind after taking into consideration many things about her future and I congratulate her,'' he said. Ms Owada's decision to leave a promising diplomatic career for marriage to the Crown Prince stirred debate on the changing role of women in society. Some argued it made career women more acceptable to society and others said it would discourage women from pursuing professions. Japanese newspaper reports quoted Ms Owada as saying she would continue to make efforts to cultivate herself. Ms Owada was involved in the drawing up of a Japanese-United States action plan for a post-Cold War partnership which was announced when then-US president George Bush visited Tokyo in January. She once translated a speech by the foreign minister into English and acted as interpreter when the then-US secretary of state James Baker met Foreign Minister Michio Watanabe in November for talks between US Trade Representative Carla Hills and Former Trade Minister Hiroshi Mitsuzuka. The Crown Prince issued a comment thanking the Emperor and Empress for enabling the ceremony to pass without a hitch, and said he looked forward to ''passing his days with Ms Owada''. Meanwhile, the Government is to issue JPY50,000 (about HK$3,600) gold coins in September to commemorate the marriage, according to Finance Ministry officials. They said two million gold coins would be issued to celebrate the wedding but said these would not bear images of the couple. To commemorate the wedding, the ministry also plans to issue five million silver JPY5,000 coins and 30 million nickel JPY500 coins. Part of the revenue from the issues will be used to fund the Government's economic pump-priming measures, officials said.