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Empress Masako can shine as a role model for Japanese women

Her curtailed career and personal pressures reflect real-world struggles

| Japan
Empress Masako can shine in many ways. (Photo by Kei Higuchi)

Cheered by the crowd lining the street, the black convertible carrying the new Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako glided through the sunny Tokyo streets on November 10 as part of the coronation celebrations.

It was deja vu: 26 years earlier, Princess Masako and her imperial groom similarly celebrated their marriage in June 1993.

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