Yasuko Konoe

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Born (1944-04-26) 26 April 1944 (age 74)
Tokyo, Japan
Spouse Tadateru Konoe (m. 1966)
Issue Tadahiro Konoe
Full name
Yasuko (甯子)
House Imperial House of Japan
Father Takahito, Prince Mikasa
Mother Yuriko Takagi
Religion Shinto

Yasuko Konoe (近衛甯子, Konoe Yasuko, born 26 April 1944), formerly Princess Yasuko of Mikasa (甯子内親王, Yasuko Naishinnō), is the first child of Takahito, Prince Mikasa and Yuriko, Princess Mikasa.[1] 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.


Princess Yasuko (far right) with (from left to right) her brother Prince Tomohito, her mother Princess Mikasa, and her brother Prince Yoshihito, c. 1950

During her childhood, Konoe attended Gakushuin Elementary School and then Gakushuin Women's Secondary School. She later completed her studies by graduating from the Department of Japanese Language and Literature, Faculty of Letters, Gakushuin University.

Marriage and family[edit]

Princess Yasuko married Tadateru Konoe on 16 December 1966. Upon her marriage, she left the Imperial Family and took the surname of her husband.[1] 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 (m. 10 April 2004), Konoe has three grandchildren: two boys and one girl.

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


National honours[edit]