Prince Hisahito, the first male heir to the Japanese throne to be born in more than 40 years, has left a hospital in Tokyo. Greeted by a media frenzy, proud parents Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko showed their son off to the world, cradled in his mother’s arms. Born on 6 September by Caesarean section, Prince Hisahito is the third in line to the imperial throne after his uncle and father. His birth has put an end to a succession crisis which threatened the oldest monarchy in the world. The Japanese government had been looking at reforming the current imperial laws to pave the way for female monarchs.
First glimpse of Japanese royal baby