Prince Tomohito of Mikasa

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Prince Tomohito
Prince Tomohito of Mikasa on 7 March 2003.
Spouse Nobuko Asō
(m. 1980–2012; his death)
Princess Akiko of Mikasa
Princess Yōko of Mikasa
Full name
Tomohito (寛仁)
House Imperial House of Japan
Father Takahito, Prince Mikasa
Mother Yuriko, Princess Mikasa
Born (1946-01-05)5 January 1946
Hayama, Kanagawa, Japan
Died 6 June 2012(2012-06-06) (aged 66)
Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Burial 14 June 2012
Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery, Bunkyo, Tokyo
Religion Shinto

Prince Tomohito of Mikasa (寛仁親王, Tomohito Shinnō, 5 January 1946–6 June 2012) was a member of the Imperial House of Japan.[1]

Tomohito was the first member of the Imperial House of Japan to have a full beard since Emperor Meiji. He was known as "the bearded prince".[2]

Education[change | change source]

Prince Tomohito graduated from Gakushuin University.[1] In 1968-1970, Tomohito studied politics at Oxford University. He was the first member of the Imperial family to study at a British university since World War II.[3]

Public service[change | change source]

Prince Tomohito was involved in the promotion of welfare for the disabled and sports.[4]

Genealogy[change | change source]

The prince was the eldest son of Prince Mikasa who is the younger brother of former Emperor Shōwa. He was a first cousin of Emperor Akihito.[5]

At the time of his death, Prince Tomohito was sixth in the line of succession to the Japanese throne.[6]

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References[change | change source]

The chrysanthemum symbol of the Japanese emperor and his family.
  1. 1.0 1.1 "Prince Tomohito, cousin of Emperor Akihito, dies at 66," Mainichi Daily. June 6, 2012; retrieved 2012-6-7.
  2. Onishi, Norimitsu. "A Font of Commentary Amid Japan’s Taciturn Royals," New York Times, (US), 20 October 2007; retrieved 2012-6-6.
  3. "Japanese Prince at Oxford," New York Times. April 17, 1968; retrieved 2012-6-7.
  4. "Yoroku: Remembering the 'Bearded Imperial Highness'," Mainichi Daily. June 7, 2012; retrieved 2012-6-7.
  5. "Prince Tomohito, Japanese emperor’s cousin, dies at 66 after bouts with various ailments," Washington Post (US), June 6, 2012; "Obituary:Prince Tomohito," New York Times. June 7, 2012; retrieved 2012-6-7.
  6. "Japanese Prince Tomohito, cousin of Emperor, dies at 66," China Daily (PRC), June 6, 2012; retrieved 2012-6-6.

Other websites[change | change source]

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