Crown Prince Naruhito acknowledged the role Japan’s postwar Constitution has played in maintaining peace throughout his nation. Speaking at a press conference before his 54th birthday, Naruhito said that it also contributed a lot in making the country prosperous in recent years.
Naruhito said that “Today’s Japan was built with the Japanese Constitution as the cornerstone, and our country is now enjoying peace and prosperity.” As the first in line to the throne, he also pledged to continue the beliefs of his father, Emperor Akihito in “respecting the Constitution” and comply with it. While the emperor serves only as a symbol of the state and has no actual hand and power over national political affairs, Emperor Akihito has stressed the importance of maintaining a pacifist Constitution in a press conference held for his 80th birthday last year.
Speaking about his family, the Crown Prince expressed fondness for his 12-year old daughter, Crown Princes Masako who is about to graduate this spring from Gakushuin Primary School in Tokyo. He hopes that his only child will mature into a woman who is capable of making her own decisions, sensitive to others and grateful for what she has. His wife, 50-year old Crown Princess Masako, is still getting treatment for a stress-induced illness for about 10 years in which the Crown Prince said she is fast recovering from. However, the Crown Princess is still advised to rest and “cannot immediately increase her activities.” Naruhito also showed excitement over the Olympic Games Tokyo will host in 2020 and looks forward to the event that will be “an opportunity to make Japanese society vibrant and give children something to dream of.”