Tuesday, September 05, 2006

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Japanese Princess Gives Birth To Male Heir

September 5, 2006 8:48 p.m. EST

Josephine Roque - All Headline News Staff Writer

Tokyo, Japan (AHN) - Japan's Princess Kiko has given birth to a boy. He is the first male heir to be born in more than four decades and will be the third-in-line to inherit the throne.

Kiko, 39, delivered the baby through Caesarean section after difficulties arose during the pregnancy.

Princess Kiko, the wife of the reigning emperor's second son, has two daughters who are neither allowed by law to ascend to the throne.

The present heir, Crown Prince Naruhito, and wife, Princess Masako, have a daughter, while Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko have two daughters reports BBC.

Princess Kiko had been hospitalized earlier due to partial placenta previa, wherein a portion of the placenta had dropped too low in the uterus.

Doctors had said she was brought to hospital as a precautionary measure and that the pregnancy was going well.


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