Japan’s crown princess Masako on Sunday pledged to do her best despite feeling ‘insecure’ about becoming empress in mere months, in a candid statement released on her 55th birthday.
Emperor Akihito will step down on April 30, 2019 — the first abdication in the Japanese imperial family in more than two centuries.
His eldest son and Masako’s husband Naruhito will ascend to the throne the next day.
‘Even though I feel insecure about how helpful I will be when I think about the days ahead... I want to devote myself to the happiness of the people so I will make an effort to that end,’ said the crown princess.
The Harvard and Oxford-educated Masako left a promising career as a diplomat to marry into the imperial family in 1993.
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