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The government said Tuesday it has postponed this month’s ceremonies to celebrate Crown Prince Akishino’s ascent to first in line to the chrysanthemum throne amid the new coronavirus outbreak.

The Rikkoshi no Rei ceremonies, originally scheduled for Sunday, are intended to proclaim the 54-year-old crown prince’s new status, which he acquired after his brother, the emperor, ascended to the throne in May last year. A government official said it would be rescheduled to “sometime before the end of the year at the latest,” with discussions centered on holding them this autumn.

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