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Japan's Oxford-educated crown prince to bring global view to Chrysanthemum Throne

Japan's Oxford-educated crown prince to bring global view to Chrysanthemum Throne
From Reuters - December 7, 2017

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japans Oxford-educated crown prince, Naruhito, looks set tobring a more global outlook to the ancient imperial institution while carrying on Emperor Akihitos legacy of promoting peace and reconciliation with Asia when he ascends the throne in 2019.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abes cabinet on Friday signed off onan April 30, 2019 date for the octogenarian Akihitos retirement - the first abdication by a Japanese monarch in two centuries.

Akihito, who turns 84 on Dec. 23, has spent much of his nearly three decades on the throne trying to heal the wounds of a war fought in his father Hirohitos name and highlighting the needs of the vulnerable in society. He said in August 2016 that he feared age would make it hard to fulfil his duties.

As an Oxford-educated scholar and well traveled crown prince, Naruhito can draw on a wealth of international experience in carrying out the duties his father pioneered, said Jeffrey Kingston, director of Asian studies at Temple University Japan.

Naruhito, 57, is an advocate for environmental causes, and has taken part in international conferences on clean water.

Certainly, on environmental issues, hes very passionate,said Shihoko Goto, a senior associate for Northeast Asia at the Washington-based Wilson Center.

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