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Preparations are underway for Crown Princess Masako to attend an Imperial garden party next week for the first time in 12 years, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday.

If her attendance at the autumn party, at the Akasaka Imperial Garden in Tokyo, on Thursday is realized, it would be the first time since the agency announced in December 2003 that she would take a leave from official duties due to a stress-induced illness.

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