September 6, 2016 / 12:15 PM / in a year

Third in line to Japan's Chrysanthemum Throne turns 10

TOKYO - In pictures and video released by the Imperial Household Agency, Japan’s Prince Hisahito laughs along his sisters, Princess Kako and Princess Mako, and digs up soil in a rice field at the Akasaka Detached Palace in Tokyo.

Japan's Prince Hisahito, the only son of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, poses at a rice field of the Akasaka Detached Palace in Tokyo, Japan in this handout picture taken August 10, 2016, and provided by the Imperial Household Agency of Japan. Prince Hisahito turned 10 years old on September 6, 2016. Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout via Reuters

The prince, who is the only son of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, turns 10 on Tuesday.

The milestone comes at a crucial time for the Japanese royal family. In rare video address to the public this month, Emperor Akihito, 82, said he worried age might make it difficult for him to fully carry out his duties.

Under Japan’s male-only inheritance laws, Hisahito is third in line to the throne after his father and uncle, Crown Prince Naruhito, 56.

Hisahito is the first male child born into the Japanese royal family in more than four decades. There have been discussions about amending the laws to allow women to inherit the throne, but traditionalists oppose this move

.Reporting by Reuters TV Writing by Karishma Singh

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