Empress Michiko

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Empress Michiko in 2005

Michiko (美智子, Michiko), formerly Michiko Shōda (正田美智子, Shōda Michiko, born 20 October 1934), is the wife of Japan's Emperor Akihito.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

Michiko Shōda was born in Tokyo. She is the eldest daughter of Hidesaburo Shōda (1904–1999), president and later honorary chairman of Nisshin Flour Milling Company.[1]

In 1957, she earned a BA degree at the University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo.[2]

Marriage[change | change source]

Shōda married Crown Prince Akihito in 1959.[1]

Marriage photo of Japan's Crown Prince and Crown Princess in 1959

When she married, she became Crown Princess Michiko. She became Empress Michiko in 1989 when her husband became Emperor.

Empress Michiko is the mother of two sons and a daughter.[1]

Name Birth Marriage Children
Naruhito, Emperor of Japan 23 February 1960 9 June 1993 Masako Owada Princess Toshi
Fumihito, Prince Akishino 30 November 1965 29 June 1990 Kiko Kawashima Princess Mako of Akishino
Princess Kako of Akishino
Prince Hisahito of Akishino
Sayako, Princess Nori 18 April 1969 15 November 2005 Yoshiki Kuroda

Health[change | change source]

In August 2019, it was revealed that she was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in July 2019.[3] Empress Michiko will have cancer surgery in September of the year.[3]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

The chrysanthemum symbol of the Japanese emperor and his family.
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Michiko" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 627.
  2. Hoover, Willian D. (2011). Historical Dictionary of Postwar Japan, p. 16.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Japan's ex-Empress Michiko has early stage breast cancer". ABC News. August 9, 2019.

Other websites[change | change source]

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