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Prince Hisahito: the future of Japan's monarchy

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As an expectant Britain gets royal baby fever and readies to welcome a future monarch -- male or female -- the young boy who carries the destiny of Japan's ancient imperial family lives a life much less examined. 

This picture taken on April 7, 2013 shows Japanese Prince Hisahito accompanied by his parents Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko as they arrive at the Ochanomizu kindergarten for his entrance ceremony in Tokyo. As Britain gets royal baby fever and readies to welcome a future monarch, the young boy who carries the destiny of Japan's ancient imperial family lives a life much less examined.

Six-year-old Prince Hisahito is the only boy in four decades born into the world's oldest monarchy, and will be entrusted with keeping alive a genealogical line traditionalists say can be traced back to a prehistoric goddess.

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