Prince Akishino during his visit to Mexico City, October 2014
30 November 1965|
Imperial Household Agency Hospital, Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan
Kiko Kawashima (m. 1990)
|House||Imperial House of Japan|
Fumihito, Prince Akishino (? Akishino-no-miya Fumihito Shinn?, born 30 November 1965) is a member of the Japanese imperial family. He is the younger son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko and currently second in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne after his elder brother Crown Prince Naruhito.
Since his marriage in June 1990, he has held the title of Akishino-no-miya (generally translated into English as Prince Akishino) and headed his own branch of the imperial family.
The prince was born on 30 November 1965 at the Imperial Household Agency Hospital, Tokyo Imperial Palace in Tokyo. His given name is Fumihito. His mother, Empress Michiko, is a convert to Shinto from Roman Catholicism. His childhood appellation was Prince Aya ( Aya-no-miya). He attended the primary and secondary schools of the Gakushuin. He played tennis in primary and secondary schools of the Gakushuin.
In April 1984, he entered the Law Department of Gakushuin University, where he studied law and biological science. After graduating from the university with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, he studied the taxonomy of fish at St John's College, Oxford in the United Kingdom from October 1988 to June 1990.
Prince Fumihito received a PhD degree in ornithology from the Graduate University for Advanced Studies in October 1996. His doctoral dissertation was titled, "Molecular Phylogeny of Jungle Fowls, genus Gallus and Monophyletic Origin of Domestic Fowls". He conducted field research in Indonesia in 1993 and 1994, and in Yunnan Province in the People's Republic of China. When the current Emperor was still Crown Prince, he introduced tilapia to Thailand as an important source of protein. Tilapia can be easily cultured and Prince Fumihito, who is also known as "catfish specialist," has managed to maintain and expand the aquacultural studies with the people of Thailand.
Prior to Fumihito's birth, the announcement about the then-Crown Prince Akihito's engagement and marriage to the then-Ms. Michiko Sh?da had drawn opposition from traditionalist groups, because Sh?da came from a Roman Catholic family. Although Sh?da was never baptized, she was educated in Catholic schools and seemed to share the faith of her parents. Rumors also speculated that Empress K?jun had opposed the engagement. After the death of Fumihito's paternal grandmother Empress K?jun in 2000, Reuters reported that she was one of the strongest opponents of her son's marriage, and that in the 1960s, she had driven her daughter-in-law and grandchildren to depression by persistently accusing her of not being suitable for her son.
The couple met when they were both undergraduates at Gakushuin University. Like his father, the present Emperor, the Prince married outside the former aristocracy and former collateral branches of the imperial family. Upon marriage, he received the title Prince Akishino (Akishino-no-miya - strictly "Prince Akishino") and authorization from the Imperial Household Economy Council to form a new branch of the Imperial Family. The marriage was bitterly resented by officials at the Imperial Household Agency, as well as Prince Akishino's paternal-grandmother Empress Dowager Nagako.
Prince and Princess Akishino have two daughters and one son:
Prince Akishino serves as the president of the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology and the Japanese Association of Zoological Gardens and Aquariums. He is also the honorary president of the World Wide Fund for Nature Japan, the Japan Tennis Association, and the Japan-Netherlands Association. He is a visiting professor of Tokyo University of Agriculture.
Prince and Princess Akishino also foster friendly relations with foreign countries by representing Japan at select international events. For example, they traveled to the Netherlands in August 2009 to commemorate 400 years of trade between the Netherlands and Japan. They were invited by the Dutch government and were hosted by Queen Beatrix in The Hague. Their public activities included meeting Japanese language students, visiting the Siebold House, a university hospital, and two other museums. At the Dutch National Archives, they attended the opening of a major exhibition of Japan-related material, "From Here to Tokyo, 400 Years of Trade with Japan"; they were accompanied by Dutch Princess Laurentien who lived and studied in Japan in her youth. In addition, this official visit also included talks with the Dutch prime minister. On other occasion, they traveled to Hungary in March 2007.
In addition, Prince Akishino carried out public duties on behalf of the Emperor when he was hospitalized. He and other members of the imperial family visited the affected areas after the Great East Japan earthquake in March 2011.
As legislation has been passed allowing his father's abdication, he is expected to become heir-presumptive to the throne on 30 April 2019.
He is also known as a successor to Arisugawa school of calligraphy.
|Reference style||His Imperial Highness|
|Spoken style||Your Imperial Highness|
|Princess Mako of Akishino||23 October 1991|
|Princess Kako of Akishino||29 December 1994|
|Prince Hisahito of Akishino||6 September 2006|
|Ancestors of Fumihito, Prince Akishino|
Fumihito, Prince AkishinoBorn: 30 November 1965
|Lines of succession|
The Crown Prince
| Line of succession to the Japanese throne
Prince Hisahito of Akishino
|Order of precedence in Japan|
The Crown Prince
HIH The Prince Akishino
Prince Hisahito of Akishino