Akihito Biography

Akihito is the member of the Imperial House of Japan. He reigned as the 125th Emperor of Japan. This biography provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

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Birthday: December 23, 1933

Nationality: Japanese

Famous: Leaders Emperors & Kings

Age: 85 Years, 85 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Born Country: Japan

Born in: Tokyo

Famous as: 125th Emperor of Japan

Height: 1.65 m


Spouse/Ex-: Empress Michiko (m. 1959)

father: Hirohito

mother: Empress Ko-jun

siblings: Kazuko Takatsukasa, Prince Hitachi

children: Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino, Sayako Kuroda

City: Tokyo, Japan

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education: Gakushuin University

awards: - Afghanistan Order of the Supreme Sun
- Austria Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria
Grand Star

- Bahrain Order of al-Khalifa
- Belgium -Order of Leopold
Grand Cordon
- Botswana Presidential Order
- Brazil Order of the Southern Cross
Grand Collar
- Cameroon Order of Valour
Grand Cordon
- Chile Order of the Merit of Chile
Grand Collar
- Colombia Order of the Cross of Boyaca
Grand Collar
- Democratic Republic of the Congo / Zaire National Order of the Leopard
Grand Cordon
- Côte d'Ivoire National Order of the Ivory Coast
Grand Cordon
- Czech Republic Order of the White Lion
1st Class (Civil Division) with Collar Chain
- Denmark Order of the Elephant
Knight Grand Cross (8.8.1953)[19]
- Egypt Order of the Nile
Grand Collar
- Estonia Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana
The Collar of the Cross[20]
- Ethiopia Order of Solomon
Grand Collar
- Finland Order of the White Rose
Grand Cross with Collar
- France Légion d'honneur
Grand Cross
- Germany Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
Grand Cross
Special Class
- Greece Order of the Redeemer
Grand Cross
- Hungary Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary
Grand Cross with Chain
- Iceland Order of the Falcon
Grand Cross with Collar
- Indonesia Star of Adipurna
1st Class
- Italy Order of Merit of the Republic
Grand Cross with Cordon
- Jordan Order of al-Hussein bin Ali
- Kazakhstan Order of the Golden Eagle
- Kenya Order of the Golden Heart
- Kuwait Order of Mubarak the Great
- Latvia Order of the Three Stars
Commander Grand Cross with Chain
- Liberia Order of the Star of Africa
Knight Grand Band
- Order of the Pioneers of the Republic Knight Grand Band
- Lithuania Order of Vytautas the Great
the Great Grand Cross with Collar
- Luxembourg Order of the Gold Lion of the House of Nassau
- Malawi Order of the Lion (Malawi)
Grand Commander
- Malaysia Order of the Crown of the Realm
- Mali National Order of Mali
Grand Cordon
- Mexico Order of the Aztec Eagle
Grand Collar
- Morocco Order of the Mohammedi
Grand Collar
- Nepal Order of Ojaswi Rajanya
- Netherlands Order of the Netherlands Lion
Knight Grand Cross
- Nigeria Order of the Federal Republic
Grand Cordon
- Norway Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav
Grand Cross with Collar
- Oman Order of Oman
Superior Class
- Pakistan Nishan-e-Pakistan
1st Class
- Panama Order of Manuel Amador Guerrero
Gold Collar
- Peru Order of the Sun
Grand Cross in Brilliants
- Philippine Legion of Honor
Chief Commander
- Poland Order of the White Eagle
- Portugal Order of Saint James of the Sword
Grand Collar
- Order of Prince Henry
Grand Collar
- Qatar Collar of Independence
- Senegal Order of the Lion
Grand Cordon
- South Africa Order of Good Hope
Grand Cross in Gold
- Spain Order of the Golden Fleece
- Order of Charles III Collar
- Sweden Royal Order of the Seraphim
Knight with Collar
- Thailand The Most Auspicious Order of the Rajamitrabhorn
- The Most Illustrious Order of the Royal House of Chakri
- The Gambia Order of the Republic of Gambia
Grand Commander
- Ukraine Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise
First Class
- United Arab Emirates Collar of the Federation
- United Kingdom Stranger 984th Knight of Order of the Garter
- Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
- Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal
- FR Yugoslavia Order of the Yugoslav Star

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Akihito is the member of the Imperial House of Japan. He reigned as the 125th Emperor of Japan from 7 January 1989 until his abdication on 30 April 2019. After abdication, he became Emperor Emeritus. He is one of the very few emperors of the modern world who earned the reputation of being the ideal leader. The kind nature of Akihito became evident when he decided to make peace with China and other Asian nations almost immediately after he succeeded his father. Even the leaders of other powerful nations, and sections of the media, have immensely praised Akihito for being a humble man in spite of hailing from a royal background. When the devastating Tsunami sent shockwaves across Japan, Akihito’s inspiring speech instilled a ray of hope in the lives of many people who were shattered by the catastrophe. Other than just being a monarch, Akihito was also known for being a scholar. Many of his research papers on molecular biology have been published in various science journals. He was involved in specialized studies concerned with ‘Gobiidae’, a form of fish, and its taxonomy.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Akihito was born on December 23, 1933 in the Japanese royal family to Emperor Hirohito and empress Nagako. He was originally named Prince Tsugu, but the name was changed later. He was the eldest son, and the fifth child born to his parents.
  • Akihito was initially taught by private tutors, and later moved to the Peers school, where he studied for 12 years, between 1940 and 1952. It’s also claimed that he left Japan for a brief period during this period to learn English from American author Elizabeth Gray Vining.
  • In 1952, Akihito later went to Gakushuin University to pursue his degree. However, he didn’t complete his studies. The same year he was also crowned the Prince at the Tokyo Royal Palace.
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  • Almost immediately after he was officially crowned the Prince, Akihito attended the Coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, as a representative of Japan. He also visited many American and European nations during this period.
  • Akihito succeeded his father, Hirohito as the emperor of Japan in 1989 after the latter’s death. He not just became the 125th man to become the supreme leader, but also inherited prized possessions of the royal family such as the mirror of the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, the royal sword, and beads.
  • Merely 3 months after the demise of his father, Akihito expressed statements of apologies to all those Asian nations which suffered because of Japan. The first nation to receive Akihito’s goodwill gesture was China.
  • In 2011, after a devastating earthquake left Japan in shambles, Akihito addressed his countrymen with an inspiring televised speech in a bid to provide hope and spread positivity.
  • Emperor Akihito abicated the throne on 30 April 2019, due to his age and declining health. His eldest son Naruhito succeeded him.
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Major Works
  • Other than managing his official duties, Akihito also took a keen interest in marine biology. Popular scientific journals such as ‘Japanese Journal of Icythyology’ and ‘Gene’ had published several papers written by Akihito.
Awards & Achievements
  • Akihito has received several awards in his long tenure as the emperor of Japan. Notable among these are ‘Collar and Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum’, ‘Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure’, and ‘The Golden Medal of Merit of the Japanese Red Cross’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Akihito got married to Michiko Shoda, the daughter of a milling company owner in 1959. The couple have three children - sons named Naruhito and Fumihito, as well as a daughter named Sayako Kuroda.
  • Though he is blessed with few grandchildren, Akihito and the rest of the nation were particularly excited about the birth of grandson Hisahito. Hisahito was the first boy born in the royal family after a long period of 41 years. The birth of the young prince took place in 2006.
  • In 2011, he was admitted at a hospital due to frequent complaints of fever and bronchitis. The very next year he even went through a bypass heart surgery.
  • He is the first emperor in the history of Japan to marry the daughter of a commoner. Later he broke many traditions which his predecessors followed.
  • Akihito became an honorary member of the esteemed ‘Linnean Society of London’ in 1980. He was also a research associate at the ‘Australian Museum’ and ‘The Research Institute for Natural Science of Argentina’.

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Last Updated
- September 23, 2019

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