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Crown Prince Naruhito, prior to his 49th birthday Monday, vowed to do his best to lighten the burden of official duties on his ailing 75-year-old father.

At a news conference Friday in his Tokyo residence, the Crown Prince emphasized the importance of people around Emperor Akihito, including himself, thoroughly contemplating the issue of alleviating his burden while respecting his wish to fulfill his duties.

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