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Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Japanese imperial family imposter in Korea (of all places)

Mrs Nakamaru, 'emperor's granddaughter'I have seen news of Koreans who have managed to have their photo taken with for example president Clinton and then used that to cheat money out of people, but a Japanese woman claiming she's a granddaughter of the Meiji Emperor and taking part in a public event in the Republic of Korea is a bit unexpectable. (Hankyoreh, via Daum News.) The lady in question goes by the name Kaoru Nakamaru.

The Japanese embassy denies that there's any person with this name in the register of the imperial family, but a representative of the event is not fooled: "I haven't checked to make sure that she is a descendant of the imperial family, but it's also possible that the Japanese embassy is not telling the truth because it's worried that it would be bad publicity in Japan if it was known that a member of the imperial family is taking part in an event in Korea." Another added: "She's not a descendant of a legal wife but a hitherto undisclosed granddaughter. There's going to be a press conference in Japan soon, in which the real circumstances will be revealed."

Oh my, things get interesting with googling.

A search by her name takes us to the homepage of Following the Sun Association (太陽の会, "association of the sun"), headed by a woman with the above-mentioned name, no doubt the same who is in the photograph with the Korean dignitaries of the some sort of a peace association. Nakamaru's association is about spreading to the world her solution for the everlasting world peace. Seems that she's gone around as a princess elsewhere as well.

But looking at the photo ops Ms Kaoru Nakamaru (中丸薫) has had this far, she surely has the nerve to take part in a Korean peace event as an imperial descendant.

And now we get back to the photographs taken with dignitaries, which have been used to deceive Koreans...

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