Japan’s Empress Masako has defied expectations and is unquestionably thriving. Photo: Kyodo

In Japan, Empress Masako shines in the spotlight after 16 years on the sidelines

  • The new empress has surprised those who doubted she could handle the pressure of her imperial duties after the coronation of Emperor Naruhito
  • She had barely been seen in public since 2003, but last month impressed watchers at a banquet attended by US President Donald Trump
Topic |   Japan

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Japan’s Empress Masako has defied expectations and is unquestionably thriving. Photo: Kyodo
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