Fate of Japan's imperial dynasty rests on shoulders of 13-year-old

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  • Friday, 18 Oct 2019

FILE PHOTO: Prince Hisahito, accompanied by his parents Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, poses for photos at Ochanomizu University junior high school before attending the entrance ceremony in Tokyo, Japan April 8,2019. Koji Sasahara/Pool via Reuters/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) - When Japan's youngest prince, Hisahito, visited Bhutan in August on his first overseas trip just months after his uncle Naruhito became emperor, his trip was regarded as the debut of a future monarch on the world stage.

Greeting his hosts in traditional "hakama" kimono and trying his hand at archery, the visit was rare public exposure for the boy on whose shoulders the future of the monarchy rests.

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