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Prince Hisahito, 2nd in line to throne, turns 13

Courtesy of Imperial Household Agency

Prince Hisahito smiles on a hiking trail in a suburb of Thimphu on Aug. 20

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prince Hisahito, second in line to the Imperial throne, turned 13 on Friday.

The third child and only son of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko has never missed a day at Ochanomizu University Junior High School in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward since he entered the school in April.

He has been broadening his mind such as through traveling to Bhutan, meeting with “mame kisha,” or children experiencing the job of a journalist, and having other first experiences.

According to the Imperial Household Agency, Prince Hisahito reached a goal in a 50-meter obstacle race without knocking over hurdles during the school athletic meet in June. He also took part in a team race.

In July, he met with some 60 mame kisha students from elementary and junior high schools in Okinawa Prefecture and Hokkaido. It was the first time for the prince to interact with such children.

He grew potherb mustard, cabbage and other vegetables, as well as rice, at his residence at the Akasaka Estate in Minato Ward, Tokyo.

Last month, during the summer holiday, Prince Hisahito traveled to Bhutan, his first overseas trip, and met with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, his wife, Queen Jetsun Pema, and other members of the royal family of the Himalayan country.

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