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In Japan, many moms raise their daughters to stay home, expecting their sons to go to college and provide for their families—and the royal imperial family is no exception. After 41 years of not producing a male heir to the throne, Japan was on the verge of a succession crisis!

All that changed when 40-year-old Princess Akishino—nicknamed Princess Kiko— became pregnant with her third child.

In September 2006, with the whole world waiting in anticipation, Princess Kiko finally gave birth to Prince Hisahito!

When the news broke of his birth, celebrations erupted in the streets of Japan!
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FROM: Moms Around the World
Published on October 23, 2006

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