Yasuko Konoe

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Princess Yasuko
Spouse Tadateru Konoe
Issue Tadahiro Konoe
Full name
Yasuko (甯子?)
House Imperial House of Japan
Father Takahito, Prince Mikasa
Mother Yuriko, Princess Mikasa
Born (1944-04-26) 26 April 1944 (age 70)
Tokyo, Japan
Religion Shinto

Yasuko Konoe (近衛やす子 Konoe Yasuko?, born 26 April 1944), formerly Princess Yasuko of Mikasa (甯子内親王 Yasuko Naishinnō?), is the first child and first daughter of Takahito, Prince Mikasa and Yuriko, Princess Mikasa. She married Tadateru Konoe on 16 December 1966. As a result, she gave up her imperial title and left the Japanese Imperial Family, as required by law.


She studied in Gakushuin Elementary School and then in Gakushuin Women's Secondary School. She graduated from the Department of Japanese Language and Literature, Faculty of Letters, Gakushuin University.

Marriage and family[edit]

She married Mr. Tadateru Konoe on 16 December 1966. Upon her marriage, Princess Yasuko left the Imperial Family and took the surname of her husband. Tadateru Konoe is the younger brother of former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa and adopted grandson (and heir) of former Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe. He is currently President of the Japanese Red Cross Society. They have a son named, Tadahiro (born 18 July 1970). Through Tadahiro and his wife, Keiko Kuni, Konoe has three grandchildren.

Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
Princess Yasuko of Mikasa
(before her marriage)
Mikasa-no-miya mon
Reference style Her Imperial Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial Highness
Alternative style Ma'am
  • 26 April 1944 – 16 December 1966: Her Imperial Highness Princess Yasuko of Mikasa
  • 16 December 1966 – present: Mrs. Tadateru Konoe


See also List of honours of the Japanese Imperial Family by country

National honours[edit]



This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Japanese Wikipedia.