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Emperor Akihito of Japan Biography, Wiki, Career, Personal life, facts

Emperor Akihito of Japan Biography, Wiki, Career, Personal life, facts

Emperor Akihito of Japan Biography, Wiki, Career, Personal life, facts : The chamberlain’s description is fitting not only of the dynasty, but of the emperor himself. Akihito, the current emperor of Japan, was born on December 23, 1933, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo to Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako. During the war the seven-year-old prince was evacuated from the capital to the mountain town of Nikko, north of the city, safe from American bombing raids.On November 10, 1951, he was formally installed as crown prince. The following year he enrolled on a politics and economics course at Gakushuin University, but left two years later without a degree. And although he later returned to the university to audit classes, he never actually received a diploma.

Emperor Akihito of Japan Biography, Wiki


Akihito met his wife, Michiko Shoda, the daughter of a prominent industrial and academic family, at a tennis match in Karuizara in the summer of 1957 shortly after she had graduated from university. They were engaged a year later and Michiko became the first commoner to marry into the imperial family.

The royal couple broke with centuries of tradition by choosing to raise their children themselves, and Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino and Princess Sayako were cared for mainly by their parents, as opposed to by palace chamberlains.

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