Japanese Crown Prince Akishino, accompanied by his wife Crown Princess Kiko. Photo: AP

What do Japanese Crown Prince Akishino’s complaints reveal about royal rivalry and private frustrations?

  • Akishino ignored royal protocol to discuss his daughter’s wedding plans and his own imperial duties, prompting speculation ‘he has his own agenda’
  • He also suggested the retirement from public life of the former emperor and empress has left too few royals to carry out official duties
Topic |   Japan

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Japanese Crown Prince Akishino, accompanied by his wife Crown Princess Kiko. Photo: AP
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.