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Japan’s Emperor Naruhito: modern family man inherits heavy legacy

Mitsuru Obe, Nikkei staff writer

Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito said in 1985 that he had learned to think for himself after two years at Oxford, apparently declaring his independence from forces trying to control him. Naruhito, now 59, put his words into practice in 1993 by choosing a US-educated diplomat as his wife, sparking a national