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Princess Kako to have homestay in Massachusetts

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Princess Kako, 18, the daughter of Prince Akishino, the emperor's second son, and Princess Kiko, will have a homestay for a month in Massachusetts next month, the government said Tuesday.

The Aug 3-Sept 4 homestay will be part of the princess' summer vacation and she will stay at the home of a Harvard professor who is acquainted with her parents, NTV reported. She will also visit Colorado during her trip.

It will be the first time for the princess to go abroad by herself, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

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AbhorsenaubeJul. 26, 2013 - 05:42AM JST

Agreed. I have been advising the same to all Japanese exchange students to maintain a low profile during their stay. A few did not listen and they've got into a legal problem as they became a target. And their stay were ruined. Sad.

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Will it only be for the month? I'll keep me ear out for any news here in the states but aside form maybe some local MA news I doubt we'll hear anything about her visit. Which is fine, I'd rather her visit be less publicized so she can enjoy herself than a slew of people trying to report her every move.

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Ballads 1 is correct. She can visit China and learn more about the country. She will be a great goodwill ambassador and mend the rift! Hopefully then the two nations can be more tolerant of each other.

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I do not know how much "freedom" she will have during her stay,

Zero. A US host family is like an electronic bracelet. She didn't need them. At 18, she could travel on her own as a backpacker.

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Nice one, hope's she meets a nice boy and falls in love.

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I do not know how much "freedom" she will have during her stay, but I hope she enjoys it while she is there. If she really wanted to go away from oversight she would do what most Asian students do and go to areas and schools away from the elite.

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I hope she'll visits other countries too. The world is not only US.

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@cleo - they'll find a cherry tree for her to plant, or an Embassy reception to attend, albeit with low quality food and drink!

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Enjoy your freedom from the Royal duties& Let Go!!

She has royal duties?

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Kiko and Kako? Get ready for the panda jokes.

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One month in August in New England? Hot, hot, hot and not a lot of action. The only freedom she'll be grabbing with both hands might be a frankfurter in New York if she's lucky.

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I hope she gets a chance to see CT too. I miss summers in New England

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I hope she will visit N.Y.C.!-We have a great deal of things to see & do! Enjoy your freedom from the Royal duties& Let Go!!

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She can broaden her horizons all she likes - get an education, get a career, build a life, but if she's told to drop it all and come back and get married (as her aunt had to), that's what she'll have to do.

Hopefully that won't happen, since as a woman who is neither in line to the Imperial throne, nor having to bear an heir, she is of little consequence to the IHA.

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@Steve

...she will set an example for Japanese youth in an age where foreign languages and intercultural understanding are needed and good for Japan

I completely agree with that but, not with...

tug-of-war between nationalism, strongest among those in the central government, and cosmopolitanism, which is generally supported by the public

Unfortunately, the Japanese public as well seems much less in support of cosmopolitanism now, and much more insular, than was the case three decades ago. Let's hope that Princess Kako's move to broaden her horizons inspires some in this generation of Japan's youth.

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I am happy the princess will do a homestay in the US and I am sure she will do very well.

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All readers back on topic please. From here on, posts that do not refer to the story will be removed.

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You mean the children of the wealthiest people from all over the world.

Any college where tuition is nearly $60000 per year is more about inherited wealth than merit.

A couple of guys from my high school, head and shoulders above the rest of the student body academically, went to Harvard, neither of them were from wealthy families.

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You would be surprised to learn the Harvard is not that expensive compared to others.

You have got to be joking.

http://www.businessinsider.com/most-expensive-colleges-in-america-2013-7?op=1

The top 20 most expensive are all within 2 grand of each other, and Harvard barely missed the cut.

Any college where tuition is nearly $60000 per year is more about inherited wealth than merit.

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bfg4987Jul. 24, 2013 - 07:38AM JST

Hopefully, she will be able to join the University of Harvard in the future. It is filled with the greatest talents and greatest people from all over the world..

You mean the children of the wealthiest people from all over the world.

You would be surprised to learn the Harvard is not that expensive compared to others. It is not even in the 10 the most expensive universities in USA. It is known as one of liberal universities as well as the Berkley, and Colorado, Boulder.

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I'm biased being from Boston, but it seems like a good sign in the tug-of-war between nationalism, strongest among those in the central government, and cosmopolitanism, which is generally supported by the public. Provided she stays safe, she will set an example for Japanese youth in an age where foreign languages and intercultural understanding are needed and good for Japan.

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That's nice. I know she'll mind her Ps and Qs.

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It will be the first time for the princess to go abroad by herself

I doubt she will be "by herself". One can only hope she will grab freedom with both hands.

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Is Patrick Harlan that wealthy?

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Hopefully, she will be able to join the University of Harvard in the future. It is filled with the greatest talents and greatest people from all over the world..

You mean the children of the wealthiest people from all over the world.

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Wow!! We love to have her here.. Hopefully, she will be able to join the University of Harvard in the future. It is filled with the greatest talents and greatest people from all over the world..

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