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Prince Akishino, the younger son of Emperor Akihito, turned 52 on Thursday, and said he is “relieved” that an abdication law was enacted in June to allow the Emperor to pass the throne to his elder son, Crown Prince Naruhito.

“I hope (Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko) will spend time relaxing” after the 83-year-old Emperor’s abdication, Prince Akishino said at a news conference on Nov. 22, prior to his birthday.

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