Japan's New Crown Prince Akishino to See Even Busier Schedule


Tokyo, May 3 (Jiji Press)--New Japanese Crown Prince Akishino is set to have an even busier schedule than before he assumed the title, on Wednesday, in line with Emperor Naruhito's accession to the Imperial throne the same day.

Crown Prince Akishino, 53, first in line to the throne, and his wife, Crown Princess Kiko, 52, will take over most of the official duties that Emperor Naruhito, 59, and Empress Masako, 55, had performed when they were Crown Prince and Crown Princess.

In June, Crown Prince Akishino, the brother of the new Emperor, is slated to visit Poland and Finland, his first overseas trip since he became Crown Prince.

Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko will inherit from the Emperor and Empress the tasks of attending the national green conservation meeting, the national high school sports festival, the national sports festival for people with disabilities and the national forest conservation festival.

The Crown Princess will take on the solo role of participating in the national convention for promoting blood donation.

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