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Japan princess makes rare solo public visit

Japan's Crown Princess Masako, who has suffered stress-induced illness while struggling to adjust to royal life, Tuesday made her first solo public appearance outside the palace walls in three years.

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, television footage showed.

Masako listened as her attendant explained the exhibited items, ranging from a butter-maker to a device to help disabled people write.

It was her first independent public appearance since 2006. Masako has skipped most public duties over the past five years, although she has attended several public functions with her husband, Crown Prince Naruhito.

Masako, a former career diplomat, has been under intense pressure to bear a son under Japan's male-only royal succession law.

Masako and Naruhito have one child, seven-year-old Princess Aiko, while his younger brother Wiki is aware of the following uses of "'Younger Brother":
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 has a two-year-old boy, the first prince born to the royal family in 40 years.

In a sign of her recovery, the princess this year played a full part in the traditional New Year greetings at the palace in central Tokyo, before tens of thousands of well-wishers.
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