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Akihito is the current emperor of Japan

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BirthdayDecember 23, 1933
NationalityJapanese
FamousHistorical Personalities, Emperors & Kings, Leaders, Emperor of Japan, Emperors, Kings
SpousesEmpress Michiko (m. 1959)
SiblingsKazuko Takatsukasa, Prince Hitachi
ChildrensCrown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino, Sayako Kuroda
Universities
  • Gakushuin University
Birth PlaceTokyo
ReligionShinto
Height165
GenderMale
FatherHirohito
MotherEmpress Ko-jun
Net Worth$40 Million as of Jun 8,2017
Sun SignCapricorn
Born inTokyo
Famous asEmperor of Japan

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Who is Akihito?

Emperor Akihito is one of the very few emperors of the modern world who has earned the reputation of being the ideal leader. The kind nature of Akihito became evident when he decided to make peace with China and other Asian nations almost immediately after he succeeded his father. Even the leaders of other powerful nations, and sections of the media, have immensely praised Akihito for being a humble man in spite of hailing from a royal background. When the devastating Tsunami sent shockwaves across Japan, Akihito’s inspiring speech instilled a ray of hope in the lives of many people who were shattered by the catastrophe. Other than just being a monarch, Akihito is also known for being a scholar. Many of his research papers on molecular biology have been published in various science journals. He was involved in specialized studies concerned with ‘Gobiidae’, a form of fish, and its taxonomy.

Childhood & Early Life

Akihito was born on December 23, 1933 in the Japanese royal family to Emperor Hirohito and empress Nagako. He was originally named Prince Tsugu, but the name was changed later. He was the eldest son, and the fifth child born to his parents.

Akihito was initially taught by private tutors, and later moved to the Peers school, where he studied for 12 years, between 1940 and 1952. It’s also claimed that he left Japan for a brief period during this period to learn English from American author Elizabeth Gray Vining.

In 1952, Akihito later went to Gakushuin University to pursue his degree. However, he didn’t complete his studies. The same year he was also crowned the Prince at the Tokyo Royal Palace.

Career

Almost immediately after he was officially crowned the Prince, Akihito attended the Coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, as a representative of Japan. He also visited many American and European nations during this period.

Akihito succeeded his father, Hirohito as the emperor of Japan in 1989 after the latter’s death. He not just became the 125th man to become the supreme leader, but also inherited prized possessions of the royal family such as the mirror of the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, the royal sword, and beads.

Merely 3 months after the demise of his father, Akihito expressed statements of apologies to all those Asian nations which suffered because of Japan. The first nation to receive Akihito’s goodwill gesture was China.

In 2011, after a devastating earthquake left Japan in shambles, Akihito addressed his countrymen with an inspiring televised speech in a bid to provide hope and spread positivity.

Akihito became an honorary member of the esteemed ‘Linnean Society of London’ in 1980. He was also a research associate at the ‘Australian Museum’ and ‘The Research Institute for Natural Science of Argentina’.

Major Works

Other than managing his official duties, Akihito also took a keen interest in marine biology. Popular scientific journals such as ‘Japanese Journal of Icythyology’ and ‘Gene’ had published several papers written by Akihito.

Awards & Achievements

Akihito has received several awards in his long tenure as the emperor of Japan. Notable among these are ‘Collar and Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum’, ‘Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure’, and ‘The Golden Medal of Merit of the Japanese Red Cross’.

Personal Life & Legacy

Akihito got married to Michiko Shoda, the daughter of a milling company owner in 1959. The couple have three children - sons named Naruhito and Fumihito, as well as a daughter named Sayako Kuroda.

Though he is blessed with few grandchildren, Akihito and the rest of the nation were particularly excited about the birth of grandson Hisahito. Hisahito was the first boy born in the royal family after a long period of 41 years. The birth of the young prince took place in 2006.

In 2011, he was admitted at a hospital due to frequent complaints of fever and bronchitis. The very next year he even went through a bypass heart surgery.

Trivia

He is the first emperor in the history of Japan to marry the daughter of a commoner. Later he broke many traditions which his predecessors followed.

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Akihito's awards

YearNameAward

Other

0- Bahrain Order of al-Khalifa
0Collar
0- Belgium -Order of Leopold
0Grand Cordon
0- Botswana Presidential Order
0- Brazil Order of the Southern Cross
0Grand Collar
0- Cameroon Order of Valour
0Grand Cordon
0- Chile Order of the Merit of Chile
0Grand Collar
0- Colombia Order of the Cross of Boyaca
0Grand Collar
0- Democratic Republic of the Congo / Zaire National Order of the Leopard
0Grand Cordon
0- Côte d'Ivoire National Order of the Ivory Coast
0Grand Cordon
0- Czech Republic Order of the White Lion
01st Class (Civil Division) with Collar Chain
0- Denmark Order of the Elephant
0Knight Grand Cross (8.8.1953)[19]
0- Egypt Order of the Nile
0Grand Collar
0- Estonia Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana
0The Collar of the Cross[20]
0- Ethiopia Order of Solomon
0Grand Collar
0- Finland Order of the White Rose
0Grand Cross with Collar
0- France Légion d'honneur
0Grand Cross
0- Germany Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
0Grand Cross
0Special Class
0- Greece Order of the Redeemer
0Grand Cross
0- Hungary Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary
0Grand Cross with Chain
0- Iceland Order of the Falcon
0Grand Cross with Collar
0- Indonesia Star of Adipurna
01st Class
0- Italy Order of Merit of the Republic
0Grand Cross with Cordon
0- Jordan Order of al-Hussein bin Ali
0Collar
0- Kazakhstan Order of the Golden Eagle
0- Kenya Order of the Golden Heart
0- Kuwait Order of Mubarak the Great
0Collar
0- Latvia Order of the Three Stars
0Commander Grand Cross with Chain
0- Liberia Order of the Star of Africa
0Knight Grand Band
0- Order of the Pioneers of the Republic Knight Grand Band
0- Lithuania Order of Vytautas the Great
0the Great Grand Cross with Collar
0- Luxembourg Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau
0Knight
0- Malawi Order of the Lion (Malawi)
0Grand Commander
0- Malaysia Order of the Crown of the Realm
0- Mali National Order of Mali
0Grand Cordon
0- Mexico Order of the Aztec Eagle
0Grand Collar
0- Morocco Order of the Mohammedi
0Grand Collar
0- Nepal Order of Ojaswi Rajanya
0Knight
0- Netherlands Order of the Netherlands Lion
0Knight Grand Cross
0- Nigeria Order of the Federal Republic
0Grand Cordon
0- Norway Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav
0Grand Cross with Collar
0- Oman Order of Oman
0Superior Class
0- Pakistan Nishan-e-Pakistan
01st Class
0- Panama Order of Manuel Amador Guerrero
0Gold Collar
0- Peru Order of the Sun
0Grand Cross in Brilliants
0- Philippine Legion of Honor
0Chief Commander
0- Poland Order of the White Eagle
0- Portugal Order of Saint James of the Sword
0Grand Collar
0- Order of Prince Henry
0Grand Collar
0- Qatar Collar of Independence
0- Senegal Order of the Lion
0Grand Cordon
0- South Africa Order of Good Hope
0Grand Cross in Gold
0- Spain Order of the Golden Fleece
0Knight
0- Order of Charles III Collar
0- Sweden Royal Order of the Seraphim
0Knight with Collar
0- Thailand The Most Auspicious Order of the Rajamitrabhorn
0- The Most Illustrious Order of the Royal House of Chakri
0- The Gambia Order of the Republic of Gambia
0Grand Commander
0- Ukraine Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise
0First Class
0- United Arab Emirates Collar of the Federation
0- United Kingdom Stranger 984th Knight of Order of the Garter
0- Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
0- Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal
0- FR Yugoslavia Order of the Yugoslav Star
0- Afghanistan Order of the Supreme Sun
0 - Austria Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria
0 Grand Star

Akihito biography timelines

  • // 23rd Dec 1933
    Akihito was born on December 23, 1933 in the Japanese royal family to Emperor Hirohito and empress Nagako. He was originally named Prince Tsugu, but the name was changed later. He was the eldest son, and the fifth child born to his parents.
  • // 1940 To 1952
    Akihito was initially taught by private tutors, and later moved to the Peers school, where he studied for 12 years, between 1940 and 1952. It’s also claimed that he left Japan for a brief period during this period to learn English from American author Elizabeth Gray Vining.
  • // 1952
    In 1952, Akihito later went to Gakushuin University to pursue his degree. However, he didn’t complete his studies. The same year he was also crowned the Prince at the Tokyo Royal Palace.
  • // 1953
    Almost immediately after he was officially crowned the Prince, Akihito attended the Coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, as a representative of Japan. He also visited many American and European nations during this period.
  • // 1959
    Akihito got married to Michiko Shoda, the daughter of a milling company owner in 1959. The couple have three children - sons named Naruhito and Fumihito, as well as a daughter named Sayako Kuroda.
  • // 1980
    Akihito became an honorary member of the esteemed ‘Linnean Society of London’ in 1980. He was also a research associate at the ‘Australian Museum’ and ‘The Research Institute for Natural Science of Argentina’.
  • // 1989
    Akihito succeeded his father, Hirohito as the emperor of Japan in 1989 after the latter’s death. He not just became the 125th man to become the supreme leader, but also inherited prized possessions of the royal family such as the mirror of the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, the royal sword, and beads.
  • // 2006
    Though he is blessed with few grandchildren, Akihito and the rest of the nation were particularly excited about the birth of grandson Hisahito. Hisahito was the first boy born in the royal family after a long period of 41 years. The birth of the young prince took place in 2006.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, after a devastating earthquake left Japan in shambles, Akihito addressed his countrymen with an inspiring televised speech in a bid to provide hope and spread positivity.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, he was admitted at a hospital due to frequent complaints of fever and bronchitis. The very next year he even went through a bypass heart surgery.

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Akihito's FAQ

  • What is Akihito birthday?

    Akihito was born at 1933-12-23

  • Where is Akihito's birth place?

    Akihito was born in Tokyo

  • What is Akihito nationalities?

    Akihito's nationalities is Japanese

  • Who is Akihito spouses?

    Akihito's spouses is Empress Michiko (m. 1959)

  • Who is Akihito siblings?

    Akihito's siblings is Kazuko Takatsukasa, Prince Hitachi

  • Who is Akihito childrens?

    Akihito's childrens is Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino, Sayako Kuroda

  • What was Akihito universities?

    Akihito studied at Gakushuin University

  • What is Akihito's religion?

    Akihito's religion is Shinto

  • How tall is Akihito?

    Akihito's height is 165

  • Who is Akihito's father?

    Akihito's father is Hirohito

  • Who is Akihito's mother?

    Akihito's mother is Empress Ko-jun

  • What is Akihito's sun sign?

    Akihito is Capricorn

  • How famous is Akihito?

    Akihito is famouse as Emperor of Japan