"I believe we will be able to learn a great deal from our daughter," said the prince
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"After such a tragic event, it was no surprise that jubilation reigned in Japan after Masako safely gave birth to a healthy Aiko two years later. However, though celebrations were widespread, the new addition to the imperial family inevitably re-opened the debate over the laws of succession, which bar females from succeeding to the Chrysanthemum Throne.
While the question continues to be the subject of debate in Japan, members of the royal family have consistently shown their willingness to promote changes in tradition. Naruhito, for example – whose own parents broke with imperial practice in insisting on raising their own children – has stated clearly that he will be heavily involved in Aiko's upbringing.
"I would like my daughter… to grow up to be a person who loves others, and will be loved by others. A person who respects others and will be respected by others," said the crown prince, adding: "In the future, I believe that we will be able to learn a great deal from our daughter."