Kaoru Nakamaru

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Kaoru Nakamaru (中丸 薫, Nakamaru Kaoru, born 23 May 1937) is a Japanese journalist, television interviewer, and author with a background in international politics.[1]


Born in Yamanashi Prefecture, Nakamaru studied abroad at Columbia University.[1] While beginning to write articles and books on international relations, she hosted a number of nationally broadcast television interview series, including Sekai no Shuyaku (世界の主役) in 1972.[2][3] The magazine Newsweek nicknamed her "the Edward R. Murrow of Japan" in a 1974 profile that introduced her alongside Makiko Tanaka as one of a "handful of Japanese women who have bucked their country's patriarchal system".[4] The profile itself was news in Japan.[5][6] During her career, she has interviewed such world figures as Edward M. Kennedy, the Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and Idi Amin.[4][7][8]


Nakamaru asserts that she is the granddaughter of the Emperor Meiji.[9] These claims have been disputed in a Korean newspaper article.[10]

Nakamaru was married to the film and television actor Tadao Nakamaru, who died on 23 April 2009.[11]


  1. ^ a b Junichiro Kida, ed. (1992–1993). "Nakamaru Kaoru". 新現代日本執筆者大事典 [Contemporary writers of Japan] (in Japanese). Tokyo: Nichigai Associates. p. v. 3: 563. ISBN 4816911618.
  2. ^ テレビ東京の歩み [History of TV Tokyo] (PDF) (in Japanese). TV Tokyo. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 September 2012. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  3. ^ あの日のテレビ欄 [That day's TV listing]. Showanavi (in Japanese). Ozora Publishing Co,. Ltd. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Four Women of Japan". Newsweek: 39. 28 January 1974.
  5. ^ "米週刊誌に選ばれた 「日本の代表的女性」" ["Women who represent Japan" selected by US weekly magazine]. Shūkan Yomiuri: 22. 9 February 1974.
  6. ^ "米一流誌が評価したトップレディの弱点" [The weak points of the top women lauded by a leading US paper]. Shūkan Taishū: 16. 14 February 1974.
  7. ^ "世界の指導者と心で語り合う" [Talking from the heart with world leaders]. Shūkan Yomiuri: 70. 24 September 1977.
  8. ^ "中丸薫さん、世界のトップと出会い" [Kaoru Nakamaru - meeting with world leaders]. Mainichi Shinbun (evening edition). 10 August 1987.
  9. ^ "Profile of Kaoru Nakamaru". Kaoru Nakamaru official website. The International Affairs Institute for World Peace. 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
  10. ^ "韓国の新聞に「偽者」と報じられた「明治天皇の孫」中丸薫" [Kaoru Nakamaru "granddaughter of Emperor Meiji" reported as fake in Korean newspaper]. Shūkan Shinchō. 49 (33): 46–47. 2 September 2004.
  11. ^ 中丸忠雄氏死去 俳優 [Tadao Nakamaru dies]. 47 News (in Japanese). Japan: Press Net Japan Co., Ltd. 28 April 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2014.

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