Princess Kaoru Nakamaru - 2012 & Beyond
Princess Kaoru Nakamaru is the granddaughter of the Meiji Emperor, she spent her early childhood in the Forbidden Castle in China. While at Columbia University and in graduate school, she furthered her research into international politics and since 1970, as a journalist, has interviewed kings and presidents, prime ministers and business people from many countries, and has given speeches, written books, and appeared on television as a commentator on international political affairs. In 1973, she was acclaimed in the U.S. magazine, Newsweek, as the Worlds No.1 interviewer, and the Washington Post described her as one of those rare women in the world with an outstanding international sensitivity.
Later, she was producer, director, and interviewer of her own Japan/U.S. talk show, for which she traveled to war-torn areas around the world and carried out positive discussions with the heads of state of those countries. Among those were Colonel Gadhafi of Libya and then-president of Iraq, Saddam Hussein--figures that were considered hostile by the West. Nakamaru even covered the frontlines during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88) and video taken of it was shown to President Hussein who suggested that the war be immediately halted. The images of her broadcast on TV pressing President Hussein with the question Why is this war being continued? and asking Colonel Gadhafi, Are you really a terrorist? drew strong reactions. From those experiences, she exerted her energy into personal diplomacy, serving as a go-between among warring countries, using her own funds.