Emperor Akihito

Should a Female Successor Be Allowed to Ascend the Japanese Imperial Throne?

The engagement of Princess Mako (眞子さま), the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito (明仁さま), sparked not only a celebration of a joyous affair but also a debate on the status of women in the Royal Family. Japan’s Imperial Family follows the Imperial Household Law (皇室典範), which was in place since 1947 when the Emperor became a…

Japan Celebrates as Princess Mako of Akishino Gets Engaged!

On the 16th of May 2017, it was announced that Princess Mako (眞子さま), a 25-year-old Japanese Princess, had been engaged. Her marriage is expected in the next year. The Japanese people are happy and in a mood for celebration because of this good news. Princess Mako of Akishino (秋篠宮) is the first granddaughter of Emperor…

3 Beautiful Fairytale-Like Love Stories of Japanese Royal Family Members

The Japanese Royal Family, or the Imperial Family, consists of Emperor Akihito (明仁さま), the Empress Michiko Shoda (正田美智子さま), their children and other family members. The Imperial House was founded in 660 BC by the first emperor of Japan, Jimmu (神武). It is the oldest dynasty in the world, with 125 preceding monarchs reigning over Japan…