Crown Prince Turns 54, Ponders over Imperial Family's Role


Tokyo, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Imperial Family will continue playing its role for the people after the Imperial succession in May, Crown Prince Akishino has told a recent press conference to mark his 54th birthday Saturday.

The basic principle is that the family "will fulfill its duties while sharing joys and sorrows with the people and praying for their happiness" as it did during the reign of Emperor Emeritus Akihito, the Crown Prince said.

This was his first press conference since he rose to first in line to the throne as Emperor Naruhito succeeded to it, opening the Reiwa period.

"We must constantly be thinking about how (the family) should be in a way that goes with the times," the Crown Prince also said.

On the possibility that he may ascend the throne in old age, he said, "What a person can do at a certain stage in life depends on the individual, so the situation differs from person to person."

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