Line of succession to the Japanese throne

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Crown Prince Naruhito is heir apparent to the Japanese throne

The line of succession to the Japanese throne is the list of people who may become Emperor of Japan.[1]

Order of succession[change | change source]

In 2011, the current order of succession is clear.

  1. Crown Prince Naruhito, born 1960, the current Emperor's first son[2]
  2. Prince Akishino (Fumihito), born 1965, the current Emperor's second son[3]
  3. Prince Hisahito of Akishino, born September 6, 2006[4] Prince Akishino's son
  4. Prince Hitachi (Masahito), born 1935, the current Emperor's brother[5]
  5. Prince Mikasa (Takahito), born 1915, the current Emperor's uncle (the brother of Hirohito)[6]
  6. Prince Katsura (Yoshihito), born 1948, Prince Mikasa's second son (the current Emperor's eldest living male cousin)[7]

Crown Prince Naruhito has one daughter, Princess Aiko.[2] Prince Akishino currently has two daughters (Princess Mako and Princess Kako) and one son (Prince Hisahito).[3]

Related pages[change | change source]

Newspapers report birth of Prince Hisahito of Akishino

References[change | change source]

The chrysanthemum symbol of the Japanese emperor and his family.
  1. Imperial Household Agency (Kunaichō), Imperial Succession; retrieved 2011-12-19.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kunaicho, Crown Prince and Crown Princess; retrieved 2011-12-19.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Kunaicho, Prince and Princess Akishino; retrieved 2011-12-19.
  4. Reuters. "Japan’s Princess Kiko Gives Birth to Boy". The New York Times, September 5, 2006. Accessed 29 August 2008.
  5. Kunaicho, Prince and Princess Hitachi; retrieved 2011-12-19.
  6. Kunaicho, Prince and Princess Mikasa; retrieved 2011-12-19.
  7. Kunaicho, Prince Katsura; retrieved 2011-12-19.

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