Princess Masako by Ben Hills
Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne

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The tragic true story of Japan's Crown Princess-with a new afterword by the author.

It's the fantasy of many young women: marry a handsome prince, move into a luxurious palace, and live happily ever after. But that's not how it turned out for Masako Owada. Ben Hills's fascinating portrait of Princess Masako and the Chrysanthemum Throne draws on research in Tokyo and rural Japan, at Oxford and Harvard, and from more than sixty interviews with Japanese, American, British, and Australian sources-many of whom have never spoken publicly before-shedding light on the royal family's darkest secrets, secrets that can never be openly discussed in Japan because of the reverence in which the emperor and his family are held. But most of all, this is a story about a love affair that went tragically wrong.

The paperback edition will contain a new afterword by the author, discussing the impact this book had in Japan, where it was banned.


About Ben Hills

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Ben Hills, one of Australia's leading investigative journalists and foreign correspondents, is a winner of the Walkley Award (Australia's Pulitzer) and the Graham Perkin Award for Australian Journalist of the Year. From 1992 to 1995, he was the Japan correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, also covering issues and events in China, Siberia, and North and South Korea. His previous books are Japan: Behind the Lines, an account of his three years as a correspondent in Japan, and Blue Murder, a chronicle of the battle for justice by victims of CSR's Wittenoom asbestos mine in western Australia. He lives in Sydney.
Published December 28, 2006 by Tarcher. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Disappointing portrait of Japan's enigmatic princess, offering few new insights.

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Readers will also make up their own mind concerning the author's attitude towards Japan and its customs--an Australian who lived there as a correspondent for three years, he clearly has an understanding of life there and an openness in describing his opinions about the country, its people and its...

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