23-02-17: Japan’s Crown Prince ready to ascend throne

By Anya Palm

When Japanese Emperor Akihito steps down – as he has signalled he is intending to do – he will be the first emperor to do so in 200 years.

At a press conference on the occasion of his 57th birthday, his son, Crown Prince Naruhito addressed the issue and made clear that he is ready to ascend the throne.

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