Crown Princess turns 46
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Posted 12/9/09
Crown Princess turns 46

Wednesday 09th December, 03:09 AM JST

TOKYO —

Crown Princess Masako, who continues to limit her official duties due to a stress-induced illness, celebrated her 46th birthday Wednesday and vowed to continue her efforts to recover from the illness. ‘‘I would like to continue my efforts to recover with the help of people around me,’’ the crown princess said in a statement released through the Imperial Household Agency.

‘‘Under the guidance of my doctor, I have been doing my best step by step to regain my health, mentally and physically,’’ she said.

The wife of Crown Prince Naruhito, the eldest son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, has refrained from most of her official duties since the agency announced in December 2003 that she is suffering from a stress-related disorder. She was diagnosed with an adjustment disorder in July 2004.

Crown Princess Masako also thanked the emperor, empress, crown prince as well as people in Japan for their support.

‘‘I am deeply grateful that their majesties have always been looking after me carefully and I also appreciate the encouragement and support I receive from the crown prince every day,’’ she said, adding that encouragement from other people is of great help in the process of her recovery from illness.

Usually, a team of doctors serving the Crown Prince’s Household, who are looking after the crown princess, release a separate statement on her birthday to update the state of her health and the treatment process. But the doctors have decided to postpone releasing such a report this time.

‘‘It has taken longer (than usual) to prepare the statement because we have been trying to give explanations in an easy-to-understand manner,’’ an official of the Board of the Crown Prince’s Household said.

In her statement, the crown princess also mentioned her 8-year-old daughter, Princess Aiko, her only child who became a second-grader in April at the Gakushuin Primary School in Tokyo.

‘‘I am really happy that she has been growing while enjoying her school life very much,’’ she said.

She also expressed her congratulations regarding the 50th anniversary of the marriage of the emperor and empress and the 20th anniversary of the emperor’s reign, both of which came earlier this year.

‘‘I was delighted to have attended a series of ceremonies commemorating (the anniversaries) on occasions when my health allowed me to do so,’’ she said.

http://japantoday.com/category/national/view/crown-princess-turns-46
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Great!! But it seems she's still having trouble adjusting to the lifestyle after so long ago.
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