Prince Hisahito of Akishino

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Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko with the Imperial Family (November 2013).jpg
Prince Hisahito with his family in 2013
Born (2006-09-06) 6 September 2006 (age 11)
Aiiku Hospital, Tokyo,Japan
House Imperial House of Japan
Father Fumihito, Prince Akishino
Mother Kiko Kawashima

Prince Hisahito of Akishino (悠仁親王, Hisahito Shinnō, born 6 September 2006) is the youngest child and only son of Fumihito, Prince Akishino and Kiko, Princess Akishino.[1][2] He is the only grandson of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Hisahito is third in line to become Emperor of Japan, after his uncle Naruhito and his father.


Hisahito, the prince's personal name (chosen by his father), in this case means "serene and virtuous", according to the Imperial Household Agency.[3] An alternative translation is "virtuous, calm, everlasting". The emblem on the Akishino family crest that is used to mark the prince's belongings represents the Japanese umbrella-pine tree (kōyamaki).

Education and family[edit]

Prince Hisahito is the only son and youngest child of Fumihito, Prince Akishino, and Kiko, Princess Akishino.[3] He has two older sisters, Princess Mako of Akishino and Princess Kako of Akishino. He was first seen in public on 15 September 2006, outside Aiiku Hospital.[3]

Japanese newspapers announcing the birth of the third in line

Hisahito was the first male child born to the Imperial House of Japan since his father in 1965. In January 2007, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzō Abe, announced that he would drop an earlier proposal to alter the Imperial Household Law so as to allow females to inherit the throne. The proposal had been made on the basis of the fact that the two sons of Emperor Akihito had, at the time, no sons of their own. Given Hisahito's birth, it now seems increasingly unlikely that the laws will be changed to allow Hisahito's cousin, Princess Aiko, the daughter and only child of the heir apparent to the throne, Crown Prince Naruhito, to become a reigning Empress and thus end the Japanese succession controversy.[4] The supporters of changes criticized the current law as it placed a burden on the few aging males old enough to perform royal duties as females left the family.[5]

Hisahito celebrated his first birthday amid the glare of cameras at the imperial palace. Newspapers published front-page pictures of the smiling prince standing on a table in pale blue rompers. The Imperial Household Agency stated his weight as 9285 grams (20.4 pounds) and his height as 75 centimetres (30 inches).[6]

On his third birthday, he weighed 13.6 kilograms and was 94 centimetres tall. He was shown riding a tricycle, and later in traditional dress. The Imperial Household Agency told press that he enjoys lively activities, like riding a tricycle given by his elder sister Princess Kako, playing ball and chasing, and had gradually become able to eat and change clothes by himself. His parents called him "Yuyu", "Yu-chan" and "Hisahito-kun".[7]

In the spring of 2010, Prince Hisahito began kindergarten at a school affiliated with Ochanomizu University in Tokyo; on 14 December 2012, the Imperial Household Agency announced he would enter Ochanomizu University Elementary School in April 2013 so he could be with many of his friends from kindergarten. The prince thus became the first member of the Imperial House of Japan to receive his education at a school other than Gakushūin Primary School, which is also in Tokyo.[8] By his second year, he was reported to be doing well at school, helping to look after first-year pupils and playing with his friends.[9]

Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
Prince Hisahito of Akishino
Akisino no miya mon
Reference style His Imperial Highness
Spoken style Your Imperial Highness
Alternative style Sir

Hisahito is styled as "His Imperial Highness Prince Hisahito of Akishino".

Although it has been commonly mistaken, Prince Hisahito does not carry the title "Akishino" himself.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Japan princess gives birth to boy". BBC News. 6 September 2006. Retrieved 5 September 2006. 
  2. ^ Walsh, Bryan (5 September 2006). "Japan Celebrates: It's a Boy!". Time. Retrieved 5 September 2006. 
  3. ^ a b c "Japan's new prince seen in public". BBC. 15 September 2006. Retrieved 14 June 2018. 
  4. ^ Yoshida, Reiji (27 March 2007). "Life in the Cloudy Imperial Fishbowl". The Japan Times. Archived from the original on 17 October 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  5. ^ Kōichirō, Takahashi (25 July 2014). "The Future of Japan's Dwindling Imperial Family". Retrieved 26 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Japan's new prince turns one amid public glare". AFP. 5 September 2007. Archived from the original on 13 November 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Prince Hisahito celebrates third". The Japan Times. 6 September 2009. Archived from the original on 2 June 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Prince Hisahito to enter Ochanomizu University Elementary School". The Japan Times. 15 December 2012. Archived from the original on 19 December 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Prince Hisahito, third in line to Imperial throne, turns 8". The Japan Times. 6 September 2014. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2015. 

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Born: 6 September 2006
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