Prince Tomohito of Mikasa

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Prince Tomohito
寛仁親王
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Prince Tomohito of Mikasa on 7 March 2003.
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
Spouse Nobuko Asō
(m. 1980–2012; his death)
Issue 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
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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