Empress Michiko

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Empress Michiko in 2005

Empress Michiko (皇后美智子, Kōgō 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
Crown Prince Naruhito 23 February 1960 9 June 1993 Masako Owada Princess Toshi
Prince Akishino 30 November 1965 29 June 1990 Kiko Kawashima Princess Mako of Akishino
Princess Kako of Akishino
Prince Hisahito of Akishino
Princess Nori 18 April 1969 15 November 2005 Yoshiki Kuroda

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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.

Other websites[change | change source]

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