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

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Prince Hiro (Naruhito), left, presents credentials to Japanese ambassadors to be posted at foreign embassies, at the "Matsu no Ma" room in the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Oct. 6, 1987. The event was the first time the Prince had conducted an act in matters of state on behalf of the emperor, as Emperor Hirohito was in hospital and Crown Prince Akihito was visiting the United States at the time. (Photo courtesy of the Imperial Household Agency)

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