Where's the A-Team when you need them?
Toshiya Matsuzaki, 66, a Tokyo-based commentator on the imperial family who has followed them for 45 years, said Masako had essentially become a prisoner: "There is a great outpouring of sympathy for this woman, a modern woman, a woman educated in America and who is finding it very difficult to adjust to the demands and peculiarities of Japanese imperial court life. One has the feeling that she is suffering under the strain."
Masako, among other expectations, is under pressure from the courtiers to bear a male heir.
Get with the program, Japan. Queens rule!