A way has to be found to secure a “stable” accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Friday, expressing concern over the small number of successors to the crown.

The remark by the top government spokesman came a day after Emperor Akihito was discharged from the University of Tokyo Hospital, where he was admitted for bronchial pneumonia Nov. 6.

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