• Nagai Takako 
  • By this author: 1 Latest posted: 2017.06.14
Journalist and editor. Worked on the editorial staff of several national magazines before joining the weekly Shūkan Asahi, where she covers the imperial family. Author of and contributor to numerous pieces concerning the imperial household and other aspects of postwar Japanese society.
Princess Mako and the Future of the Imperial Household2017.06.14

Word of Princess Mako’s impending engagement, followed by news of her successful trip to Bhutan, came like a breath of fresh air at a time when Emperor Akihito’s wish to abdicate has dominated media coverage of the imperial family. At the same time, the princess's transition embodies the quandary facing the shrinking imperial household, which loses a precious member each time a woman marries out o…

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