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The government is leaning toward holding rituals in April as planned to formally announce Crown Prince Akishino’s status as first in line to the throne, with steps taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at the events, according to officials.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference Monday that “we will steadily make necessary preparations” for holding the ceremonies and that “all possible measures” will be taken to prevent exposure to the virus.

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