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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