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Akihito

(äkē`hētō), 1933–, emperor of Japan (1989–). As crown prince, he traveled widely, visiting Great Britain, Canada, the United States, and many countries of Asia and South America. Like his father, HirohitoHirohito
, 1901–89, emperor of Japan. He was made regent in 1921 and succeeded his father, Yoshihito (the Taishō emperor), in 1926. He married (1924) Princess Nagako Kuni (1903–2000); a son and heir, Prince Akihito, was born in 1933.
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, Akihito is an accomplished amateur marine biologist. In Apr., 1959, he married Michiko Shoda, a commoner; it was the first time that an heir to the Japanese throne had wed outside the court nobility. Tradition was also abandoned when their three children, Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino, and Princess Nori, were raised at home. When Akihito ascended to the throne, the Heisei ("achieving peace") era was proclaimed. As emperor, Akihito has continued his efforts to humanize and modernize the royal family.

Akihito

born 1933, Emperor of Japan from 1989
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When Yara apologized for the incident later, Crown Prince Akihito said in a calm manner, "It was good that nobody appeared to be injured.
In the presence of former Prime Minister Clement Attlee and representatives from newspapers which maintained a negative view of Japan after World War II, Churchill treated Crown Prince Akihito to the prince's favorite red wine, it said.
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And an Italian counselor tells Dening that the Japanese Foreign Ministry's chief of protocol told him that Crown Prince Akihito would be offered and accept the Legion of Honor award.
In October 1986, then Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko were scheduled to visit South Korea on behalf of Emperor Hirohito, but the trip was canceled about two months before the scheduled visit.
The empress took the occasion to reminisce her life with the late empress dowager and said one lasting impression she had was a trip they made to the Tama Mausoleum in Hachioji, western Tokyo in 1959 shortly after her marriage to then Crown Prince Akihito.
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Prince Mikasa and his wife Princess Yuriko visited Peru in 1958, as did then Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko in 1967.