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In Photos: Emperor Naruhito's road to the Imperial Throne

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From left, Empress Nagako, Crown Prince Akihito, Crown Princess Michiko, Prince Hiro (Naruhito), Emperor Hirohito and Prince Yoshi (second son of Emperor Hirohito) gather to celebrate Prince Hiro's first birthday at the Imperial Palace in February 1961. (Photo courtesy of the Imperial Household Agency)

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