Yoshihito, Prince Katsura

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Prince Yoshihito
Prince Katsura
Full name
Yoshihito (宜仁?)
House Imperial House of Japan
Father Takahito, Prince Mikasa
Mother Yuriko, Princess Mikasa
Born (1948-02-11) 11 February 1948 (age 66)
Tokyo, Japan
Religion Shinto

Yoshihito, Prince Katsura (桂宮宜仁親王 Katsura-no-miya Yoshihito Shinnō?, born 11 February 1948) is a member of the Imperial House of Japan and the second son of Takahito, Prince Mikasa and Yuriko, Princess Mikasa. He is a first cousin of Emperor Akihito. Originally known as Prince Yoshihito of Mikasa, he received the title Prince Katsura (Katsura-no-miya) and authorization to start a new branch of the Imperial Family on 1 January 1988.

Early life and education[edit]

The Prince is a graduate from the Department of Political Studies in the Faculty of Law of Gakushuin University in 1971. From 1971 – 1973, he studied at the Graduate School of the Australian National University, in Canberra, Australia. After his return to Japan, he worked as an administrator at the Japan Broadcasting Corporation from 1974–1985.

Public service[edit]

In 1982, the Prince returned to Australia as part of the Japanese delegation in honor of the tenth anniversary of the Australia-Japan Society. He also visited New Zealand to strengthen ties and friendly diplomatic relations.

Prince Katsura has been paralyzed from the waist down since suffering a series of strokes in May 1988, and uses a wheelchair. Despite his disability, he takes an active role in public service, and appears regularly at award ceremonies, diplomatic events, and as President of various charity organizations.

In July 1997, Prince Katsura again visited Australia, to help promote an exhibition of the traditional sport of sumo, with exhibition matches held in Sydney and Melbourne.

Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
Prince Katsura
Katura no miya mon
Reference style His Imperial Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial Highness
Alternative style Sir
  • 11 February 1948 – 1 January 1988: His Imperial Highness Prince Yoshihito of Mikasa
  • 1 January 1988 – present: His Imperial Highness The Prince Katsura


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

National honours[edit]

Foreign honours[edit]

Honorary positions[edit]

  • President of the Japan Australia New Zealand Society,Inc.
  • President of the Agricultural Society of Japan
  • President of the Japan Forestry Association
  • President of the Japan Art Crafts Association
  • President of the Japanese Urushi Craft•Art Association



  1. ^ Italian Presidency, S.A.I. Yoshihito di Mikasa Principe del Giappone

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Yoshihito, Prince Katsura
Born: 11 February 1948
Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Prince Mikasa
Line of succession to the Japanese throne
6th position
Last in line
Order of precedence in Japan
Preceded by
The Prince Mikasa
HIH The Prince Katsura
Succeeded by
Local precedence