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Monday, 24th October 2011
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Princess comes of age after turning 20

Princess Mako became the 19th adult member of the Imperial Family after she turned 20 yesterday (October 23rd).

It is customary for Japanese people to be considered children until they complete their second decade, and the princess described what the honour meant to her at a pre-birthday conference held this weekend.

She said: "I would like to try to conduct myself as appropriately as an adult. I would like to take part in various events, including official ones," Kyodo quoted.

Daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, the royal portrayed her experience of volunteering in Iwate prefecture and the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture following the March 11th tragedy.

"Although I thought I had understood the situation after the disaster from media reports, I realised that there are some things you cannot understand until you actually go there," she said.

Princess Mako is granddaughter to the 125th emperor of his line, Akihito.

Posted by Susan Ballion  

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