The Japanese imperial family in a portrait released on New Year’s Day. Clockwise from Emperor Akihito (front, 3rd left); Crown Prince Naruhito, his wife Crown Princess Masako, and their daughter Princess Aiko; Princess Mako and sister Princess Kako, their mother Princess Kiko, her son Prince Hisahito, and husband Prince Akishino; and Empress Michiko, wife of the emperor. Photo: Reuters The Japanese imperial family in a portrait released on New Year’s Day. Clockwise from Emperor Akihito (front, 3rd left); Crown Prince Naruhito, his wife Crown Princess Masako, and their daughter Princess Aiko; Princess Mako and sister Princess Kako, their mother Princess Kiko, her son Prince Hisahito, and husband Prince Akishino; and Empress Michiko, wife of the emperor. Photo: Reuters
The Japanese imperial family in a portrait released on New Year’s Day. Clockwise from Emperor Akihito (front, 3rd left); Crown Prince Naruhito, his wife Crown Princess Masako, and their daughter Princess Aiko; Princess Mako and sister Princess Kako, their mother Princess Kiko, her son Prince Hisahito, and husband Prince Akishino; and Empress Michiko, wife of the emperor. Photo: Reuters

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The Japanese imperial family in a portrait released on New Year’s Day. Clockwise from Emperor Akihito (front, 3rd left); Crown Prince Naruhito, his wife Crown Princess Masako, and their daughter Princess Aiko; Princess Mako and sister Princess Kako, their mother Princess Kiko, her son Prince Hisahito, and husband Prince Akishino; and Empress Michiko, wife of the emperor. Photo: Reuters The Japanese imperial family in a portrait released on New Year’s Day. Clockwise from Emperor Akihito (front, 3rd left); Crown Prince Naruhito, his wife Crown Princess Masako, and their daughter Princess Aiko; Princess Mako and sister Princess Kako, their mother Princess Kiko, her son Prince Hisahito, and husband Prince Akishino; and Empress Michiko, wife of the emperor. Photo: Reuters
The Japanese imperial family in a portrait released on New Year’s Day. Clockwise from Emperor Akihito (front, 3rd left); Crown Prince Naruhito, his wife Crown Princess Masako, and their daughter Princess Aiko; Princess Mako and sister Princess Kako, their mother Princess Kiko, her son Prince Hisahito, and husband Prince Akishino; and Empress Michiko, wife of the emperor. Photo: Reuters
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