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Week-old Japanese prince named Hisahito

TOKYO, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The week-old son of Japan's Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko was formally named Hisahito, a name meaning "to live long and at ease in virtue."

The boy is the first heir born to the world's oldest hereditary monarchy in nearly 41 years, standing third in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne after Crown Prince Naruhito, 46, the emperor's eldest son, and his 40-year-old father, the Kyodo news agency reported.

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Hisahito, whose name was announced Tuesday, is the first grandson of Emperor Akihito, 72, and the empress, 71, and the 23rd member of the imperial family. He is the third child of Akishino and Kiko, who have two daughters -- Princess Mako, 14, and Princess Kako, 11.

His 40-year-old mother, Kiko, remains hospitalized after delivering the boy by Caesarean section last week, the report said.

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