Fumihito, Prince Akishino ( born 30 November 1965) Kiko, Princess Akishino ( born 11 September 1966 )
Fumihito, Prince Akishino ( born 30 November 1965)
The life cycle 124875
Important years of life
2006 8 + Prince Hisahito (悠仁親王 Hisahito Shinnō, born 6 September 2006)
Kiko, Princess Akishino ( born 11 September 1966 )
The life cycle 6 3
Important years of life
1986 6 + Prince Fumihito first proposed marriage to Kiko Kawashima on 26 June 1986
Kiko was born in Suruga-ku, Shizuoka, Japan. She is the eldest daughter of Tatsuhiko Kawashima and his wife Kazuyo Sugimoto. The family moved to Philadelphia in 1967 while her father attended the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a doctorate at University of Pennsylvania in 1971 in regional science and later taught there
In 1972, they moved back to Japan, and her father taught economics at Gakushuin University in Tokyo
Prince Fumihito first proposed marriage to Kiko Kawashima on 26 June 1986 while they were both undergraduates at Gakushuin. 26 June 1986 = 2018
She participated in The Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) in 1987 and continues to be a supporter of the program.
Princess Kako (佳子内親王 Kako Naishinnō, born 29 December 1994)
Prince Fumihito 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.
(Kiko, Princess Akishino) She graduated from the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Letters of Gakushuin University with a Bachelor of Letters degree in Psychology in 1989 and received a Master of Humanities degree in Social Psychology from the Graduate School of Gakushuin University in 1995. She received the PhD degree in Humanities from Ochanomizu University.
The Princess had said repeatedly that she wanted to finish her master’s degree, if circumstances permitted. She completed her post-graduate studies in psychology between her official duties and received her master’s degree in psychology in 1995. She is known for her continuing interest in deaf culture and the Deaf in Japan. She learned Japanese sign language and she is a skilled sign language interpreter
Honorary degrees Prince Fumihito
Honorary degree (Kasetsart University, 1995)
Honorary degree (Burapha University, 1995)
Honorary degree (Khon Kaen University, 1999)
Honorary degree (Chulalongkorn University, 2001)
Honorary degree (Srinakharinwirot University, 2001)
Prior to Fumihito’s birth, the announcement about the then-Crown Prince Akihito’s engagement and marriage to the then- Ms. Michiko Shōda had drawn opposition from traditionalist groups, because Shōda came from a Roman Catholic family. Although Shōda was never baptized, she was educated in Catholic schools and seemed to share the faith of her parents. Rumors also speculated that Empress Kōjun had opposed the engagement. After the death of Fumihito’s paternal grandmother Empress Kōjun 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 Prince and Princess have made numerous official visits to foreign countries. In June 2002, they became the first members of the Imperial Family to visit Mongolia, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations. In October 2002, they visited the Netherlands to attend the funeral of the Prince Claus of the Netherlands.In March 2004, the Prince and Princess returned to the Netherlands for the funeral of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands.
Prince Hisahito (悠仁親王 Hisahito Shinnō, born 6 September 2006)
From October to November 2006, they visited Paraguay to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Japanese emigration to that country
In March 2013, Kiko was granted PhD degree in Psychology at the Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences, Ochanomizu University, for her thesis titled “Knowledge, perceptions, beliefs and behaviors related to tuberculosis: A study based on questionnaire surveys with seminar participants of the National Federation of Community Women’s Organizations for TB Control and female college students.