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Japan's stressed Crown Princess Masako travels abroad

Published on Apr 28, 2013 5:29 PM
 
Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito (left) and Crown Princess Masako (right) walk together before boarding their flight at Tokyo's Haneda airport on Sunday, April 28, 2013. Masako, who has been undergoing treatment for a stress-induced illness for a decade, departed for the Netherlands on Sunday in her first trip abroad in nearly seven years. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's Crown Princess Masako, who has been undergoing treatment for a stress-induced illness for a decade, departed for the Netherlands on Sunday in her first trip abroad in nearly seven years.

Accompanying her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito, the 49-year-old former diplomat left Tokyo Sunday on an official visit to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam to attend the coronation of Willem-Alexander on April 30.

It is her first overseas trip since Naruhito's family spent about two weeks at a retreat in the Netherlands in August 2006 at the invitation of Queen Beatrix.

It is also her first official visit abroad in nearly 11 years since the couple went to New Zealand and Australia in late 2002.

 
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