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Prince Hisahito turns 12

On 6th September, HIH Prince Hisahito turned 12 years old.

[NEWS] Prince Hisahito, set to be 2nd in line to throne, turns 12

Text from The Mainichi

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Prince Hisahito, Emperor Akihito’s grandson and soon-to-be second in line to the Chrysanthemum throne following the abdication of the emperor next spring, turned 12 on Thursday.
After the 84-year-old emperor abdicates next April 30, his eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the throne the following day, and his brother Prince Fumihito — the only other member of his generation in the Japanese imperial family — will become first in line to succeed him.
Prince Hisahito, so far the only male of his generation, will then become second in line.
Imperial House Law states that only males with male lineal descent from emperors can ascend the throne.
Prince Hisahito is currently a sixth-grade student at Ochanomizu University Elementary School in Tokyo and keen on learning about the history of war.
On Aug. 10, Prince Hisahito and his mother Princess Kiko visited a cenotaph for the atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima, devastated by a U.S. nuclear bomb on Aug. 6, 1945.
After visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the prince talked with an 80-year-old female atomic bomb survivor and wrote a report on what he learned for his homework.
The prince often enjoys playing “hand baseball,” a baseball game without a bat, with his friends after school. He is also interested in studying kanji, as the Chinese characters used in writing Japanese are called.
The imperial family is discussing his education after graduating from elementary school next March. Princess Mako and Princess Kako, the two elder sisters of Prince Hisahito, both have studied abroad.

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International Olympiad in Informatics

On 2nd September, HIH Princess Kako of Akishino attended the opening ceremony of the 30th International Olympiad in Informatics took place in Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture.

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Shizuoka Visit of Princess Kako

On 25th July, HIH Princess Kako of Akishino attended the opening ceremony of the 52nd All Japan High School Equestrian Championships took place in Gotemba City, Shizuoka Prefecture.

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All members of Akishino Family

On 23rd June, the all members of Akishino Family attended the concert to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Japan and Republic of Indonesia took place in Tokyo.

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Meeting Grandparents

On 17th June, HIH Princess Kako of Akishino visited Imperial Residence and met with HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko to report her home-coming.

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Remebering Empress Kojun

On 16th June, the memorial service for late Empress Kojun (1903-2000) took place at Imperial Palace Sanctuary and the members of Imperial Family gathered at Imperial Palace.

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Princess Kako came back to Japan

On 15th June, HIH Princess Kako of Akishino came back to Japan from United Kingdom.
HIH Princess Kako studied at the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures at the University of Leeds in England, as an exchange student from the International Christian University in Tokyo.

Japan’s Princess Kako completes her studies in U.K.

Text from The Japan Times

LEEDS, ENGLAND – Princess Kako, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, has completed a study program at the University of Leeds in England.
The second daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko left Japan in September last year to study at the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures at the university in West Yorkshire, England, as an exchange student from the International Christian University in Tokyo.
The princess will return to Japan on Friday.
She completed all curriculum requirements, including exams, in early June, according to the Imperial Household Agency. On holidays, she traveled to Spain and Portugal with her friends.
Monday, Princess Kako participated in a photo session at a university theater – now a familiar venue for the 23-year-old princess who took many performing arts classes during the program.
During the session, the princess, wearing a blue dress and a black jacket, listened to the explanations about performing arts from Alan Langlands, the university’s vice chancellor, and Alice O’Grady, head of the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the university.

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Princess Kako departs for foreign study trip to University of Leeds

On 12th September, HIH Princess Kako of Akishino departed for United Kingdom where she will study at the University of Leeds as an exchange student until June next year.

[NEWS]Princess Kako leaves to study at University of Leeds through June

Text from Kyodo News

TOKYO – Princess Kako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, departed Tuesday for Britain where she will study at the University of Leeds as an exchange student until June next year.

While attending the university in northern England, the 22-year-old second daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko will take courses in such fields as performing arts and psychology at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

The princess, a junior at International Christian University in Tokyo, will stay at a school dormitory while studying in England.

This is her first extended overseas stay since her homestay in the United States in the summer of 2013, when she was a freshman at Gakushuin University in Tokyo. She later quit the school and enrolled at International Christian University, her older sister Princess Mako’s alma mater.

The University of Leeds, established in 1904, is a world top 100 university and one of the largest higher-education institutions in Britain, according to the school’s website.

Princess Mako, who became engaged to her longtime boyfriend Kei Komuro early this month, studied at the University of Edinburgh in Britain from 2012 to 2013 as an exchange student when she was a junior at ICU.

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Prince Hisahito turns 11

On 6th September, HIH Prince Hisahito of Akishino turned 11 years old.

[NEWS]Prince Hisahito, third in line to throne, turns 11

Text from The Japan News

Prince Hisahito, Emperor Akihoto’s grandson who is third in line to the Imperial throne, turned 11 on Wednesday.

His birthday came days after the announcement that his elder sister, Princess Mako, will marry her longtime boyfriend, Kei Komuro. The prince has already met Komuro, 25, and will attend their wedding ceremony scheduled in fall next year.

The son of Prince Akishino, the younger of the Emperor’s two sons, and Princess Kiko, the prince is likely to draw more attention as he will be second in line to the throne after the 83-year-old Emperor’s abdication that could take place as early as December next year.

Prince Hisahito, a fifth-grader at an elementary school in Tokyo affiliated with Ochanomizu University, has often visited the Imperial Palace and the Imperial Residence to see the Emperor and Empress Michiko with his parents.

Following the Emperor’s rare video address last year that hinted at his desire to step down due to his advanced age, the Diet enacted a law to allow him to abdicate. His abdication would be the first in about 200 years.

Last December, the prince, along with his parents, visited the sites of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki for the first time.

While observing his parents, he carefully offered flowers and bowed deeply in Nagasaki Peace Park, where the ground zero monument dedicated to victims of the bombing sits.

In May, he watched a Summer Grand Sumo Tournament bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan and visited the Sumo Museum as part of an off-school learning program.

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Miyagi Visit of Akishino Family

From 30th July to 1st August, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kako of Akishino visited Miyagi Prefecture to attend the 41st National Culture Festival for Upper Secondary Schools.

On 30th July, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kako visited Sendai 3/11 Memorial Community Center to see the exhibition about Great East Japan Earthquake and the huge Tsunami occurred on 11th March 2011.

On 31st July, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kako attended the Opening Ceremony of the 41st National Culture Festival for Upper Secondary Schools took place in Sendai City.

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