TOKYO | Japanese prince wants royals to fund Shinto rite, not public
TOKYO — Japan’s Prince Akishino says a highly religious ritual that is part of next year’s succession ceremonies should be covered privately by the imperial family, questioning the government’s decision to use public money.
Emperor Akihito’s younger son spoke on the contentious issue in a news conference recorded for his 53rd birthday Friday. Akihito plans to abdicate next year and will be succeeded by Crown Prince Naruhito. Akishino would then become first in the line of succession.