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.