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Japan's princess on public view
(China Daily) Updated:2005-07-22 13:29
Japan's princess on public view
Masako and Naruhito are under pressure to produce a boy
 

  日前,深居简出的日本太子妃小和田雅子在丈夫德仁皇太子的陪同下前往爱知县参加世博会科技展,这是她一年半来第一次在东京以外的公众场合露面。小和田雅子太子妃出身于外交世家,受过高等教育,曾经是最有前途的外交官。但是,自从走进王室的深宫大院后,她的才华已渐渐被人们遗忘,不仅一直不被允许出国访问,而且还背负着为皇族添男丁的极大压力。

  Japan's Crown Princess Masako has taken part in her first public engagement outside Tokyo since retreating behind closed doors a year-and-a-half ago.

  She accompanied her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, to central Japan for the World Exposition technology show.

  Masako withdrew from public view in December 2003 suffering from depression and anxiety.

  The ailments were said to be due to the strains of palace life and intense pressure to produce a male heir.

  She has attended limited official events since but only in Tokyo.

  Royal household officials cleared Masako, 41, to make the 250km trip on a bullet train to central Aichi province for the exposition.

  She smiled as she walked a few steps behind her husband and met officials at the show.

  However, she was accompanied by a nurse, and the household said the engagement did not signal a full comeback .

  "This does not mean the princess will perform duties actively," a palace spokesman said. "Things will depend on the princess' condition."

  Masako gave up a diplomatic career when she agreed to marry Naruhito.

  The couple have one child, three-year-old Princess Aiko, but under imperial law only a male heir can ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne.

  The succession crisis is the most serious in Japan in centuries, and has forced the government to consider changing the male-only succession law.

  (BBC)

  

  Vocabulary:

  ailment: an often persistent bodily disorder or disease(疾病)

  comeback: return by a celebrity to some previously successful activity(恢复,复原)

  

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