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It is necessary to take note of the views of Crown Prince Naruhito and Prince Akishino in deciding on the future of the Imperial family, Emperor Akihito said last week prior to a state-sponsored ceremony Thursday commemorating the 20th anniversary of his coronation.

“I think it is important that the views of the Crown Prince and Prince Akishino, who supports him, are respected” concerning the ideal role of the family in the future, the 75-year-old Emperor Akihito told a Nov. 6 news conference, which, held in advance of Thursday’s anniversary, had been embargoed.

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