- Emperor Akihito of Japan was born 23 December 1923.
- He the eldest son and the fifth child of Emperor Hirohito (the Showa Emperor) and Empress Kōjun.
- He had 5 sisters and one brother:
- Princess Teru (1925-1961)
- Princess Hisa (1927-1928)
- Princess Taka (1929-1989)
- Princess Yori (1931-)
- Prince Hitachhi (1935-)
- Princess Suga (1937-)
- He was known as Prince Tsugu as a child (like his granddaughter is Princess Toshi today).
- He was educated primarily by private tutors before attending Gakushūin School from 1940-1952.
- Unlike the emperors before him, he did not receive a commission in he Japanese Army at the request of his father.
- When he was 22 years old, he and his brother were evacuated from Japan during the WWII battles with The Americans.
- During the American occupation of Japan, he was tutored in English and Western manners. He briefly studied Poltical Science at Gakushuin University, but never received a degree.
- He has written papers for scholarly journals, namely Gene and the Japanese Journal of Ichthyology
- His formal investiture as Crown Prince of Japan took place in November 1952, when he was 28 (a month and some before his 29th birthday) years old.
- In June of the following year, he represented Japan at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and visited Queen Elizabeth for her Diamond Jubilee again in 2012.
- Since then, he along side his wife, then Crown Princess Michiko, who he married in 1959 have visited 37 countries on official visits.
- His father died in January 1989, and he was formally invested as Emperor almost two years later, in November 1990.
- In 1998, during a state visit to the United Kingdom, he was invested with The Most Noble Order of the Garter.
- Like most "normal people", the Emperor has had a few health scares in his life time.
- In January 2003, he underwent treatment for prostate cancer.
- In 2011, he suffered pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital.
- In 2012, he underwent heart bypass surgery.
- He shares a birthday with Queen Silvia of Sweden.
- Together, with his wife, he has the following children and grandchildren:
- Crown Prince Naruhito ( 1960, titled Prince Hiro)
- Princess Aiko, Princess Toshi (2001, daughter of the Crown Prince)
- Prince Akishino (1965, titled Aya-no-miya or Prince Aya)
- Princess Mako ( 1991) (daughter of Prince Akishino)
- Princess Kako (1994)(daughter of Prince Akishino)
- Prince Hisahito (2006) (son of Prince Akishino)
- The former Princess Nori ( 1969, titled Nori-no-miya or Princess Nori)
- He holds numerous orders from 48 different countries. He also holds several Japanese orders.
- From birth to today, his titles have consisted of:
- 23 December 1933 –10 November 1952: His Imperial Highness The Prince Tsugu
- 10 November 1952–7 January 1989: His Imperial Highness The Crown Prince of Japan
- 7 January 1989 – present: His Imperial Majesty The Emperor of Japan
Monday, December 23, 2013
Royal Profile: 24 Facts about Emperor Akihito
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