Dad: Emperor Hirohito
Mother: Empress Nagako Kuni
Wedding: Michigo Show (April 10, 1959-present)
Education: Studied at Kagushin University from 1952-1956
The Chrysanthemum Throne is the oldest hereditary monarchy in the world. Records show that the imperial line was unbroken for fourteen centuries. Akihito was the 125th emperor of Japan, a direct descendant of the first emperor of Japan, Jimmu, in 660 BC.
Akihito was the fifth child and first son of Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako. Akihito means “shining pinnacle of virtue” and Sukunomiya means “August heir and prince of enlightened grace”.
He was the first Japanese crown prince to marry a commoner.
At least 2,500 dignitaries from 158 countries attended the 1990 Sokui-no-Rei coronation. The festival lasted about 30 minutes and cost the Japanese people $ 80 million (Y10 billion).
1936 or 1937 He was separated from his parents and was educated by chamberlains and teachers, as was the Japanese custom at the time.
1950 The Imperial Household Agency begins compiling a list of suitable candidates for the wedding. By 1958, there were about 800 names on the list.
1952 The crown prince officially invested with the title of Kothaishi Tenga and declared him the rightful heir to the throne.
January 7, 1989 After the death of his father, Emperor Hirohito, he assumes possession of the sacred sword, beads and glass of the sun goddess Amadeus Omigami.
May 24, 1990 In Tokyo, during a visit to South Korean President Roh De Woo, Akihito expressed his “deep regret” over the 35 year occupation of Korea (1910-1945).
November 12, 1990 Chrysanthemum ascends the throne as the 125th Emperor of Japan, one year and 10 months after the death of his father, Emperor Hirohito.
May 1998 The state visit to London sparked protests demanding the formal pardon and compensation of prisoners of war at the hands of British prisoners of war and Japanese soldiers in World War II.
June 16, 2000 Akihito’s mother, Empress Nagako Kuni of Japan, has died at the age of 97.
January 18, 2003 She was successfully diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 2002.
September 6, 2006 Birth of the first grandson of Prince Hisahito, the first male heir born into an imperial family in 40 years. The last male heir was born on November 30, 1965, the baby’s father, Prince Akishino.
December 2010 Admits to having hearing problems.
November 6, 2011 He was suffering from fever and bronchitis and was admitted to the hospital.
February 18, 2012 Successful coronary artery bypass surgery is performed.
April 2013 Contributes to the 350-page article on the Japanese fish Gobiodei, entitled “Japanese Fish with Drawing Keys to Species”.
July 2018 Emperor Akihito canceled public duties after experiencing dizziness and nausea due to cerebral anemia.
January 30, 2020 The Imperial Household Agency says Akihito, who lost consciousness for a while at his home on January 29, has recovered.