Prince Nagahisa Kitashirakawa
|Nagahisa, Prince Kitashirakawa
Japanese Imperial Army Captain Prince Kitashirakawa Nagahisa
|Reign||1 April 1923 – 4 September 1940|
|Born||19 February 1910|
|Died||4 September 1940(aged 30)|
|Spouse||Sachiko Tokugawa 德川祥子|
|Issue||Michihisa Kitashirakawa 北白川道久
Hatsuko Shimazu 島津肇子
|Father||Prince Kitashirakawa Naruhisa 北白川宮成久王|
|Mother||Fusako, Princess Kane
|HIH Prince Kitashirakawa Nagahisa|
|Born||19 February 1910
|Died||4 September 1940
|Allegiance||Empire of Japan|
|Service/branch||Imperial Japanese Army|
|Years of service||1931–1940|
Prince Nagahisa Kitashirakawa (北白川宮永久王 Kitashirakawa-no-miya Nagahisa-ō?, 19 February 1910 – 4 September 1940) of Japan, was the 4th head of the Kitashirakawa-no-miya collateral branch of the Japanese imperial family and a career officer in the Imperial Japanese Army.
Prince Kitashirakawa Nagahisa was the only son of Prince Naruhisa Kitashirakawa and Fusako, Princess Kane. He succeeded as the head of the Kitashirakawa-no-miya house upon his father's unexpected death in an automobile accident in France in 1923.
Marriage and family
- Prince Michihisa Kitashirakawa (北白川道久 Kitashirakawa Michihisa-ō?, b. 2 May 1937 )
- Princess Hatsuko Kitashirakawa (肇子女王 Hatsuko Joō?, b. 13 November 1939 ), married Duke Shimazu
Prince Nagahisa graduated from the 43rd class of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy in 1931, and was commissioned a sub-lieutenant in field artillery. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1936 and captain in 1939 after his graduation from the 52nd class of the Army Staff College. After the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Prince was assigned to the North China Area Army. However, on 14 September 1940, Captain Prince Kitashirakawa died in an airplane crash while on duty in Mengjiang, thus becoming the first member of the Imperial Family killed in World War II .
Prince Nagahisa's widow, Princess Sachiko became a commoner in 1947 with the abolition of the collateral branches of the Japanese imperial family during the American occupation of Japan. She became a professor at Ochanomizu University, and in 1969 entered the service of the Imperial Household Agency. She served for many years as the chief of the ladies-in-waiting to Empress Kōjun.
The site of the Kitashirakawa palace in Tokyo is now the Shin-Takanawa Prince Hotel.
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