Japanese Emperor Akihito

Japanese Emperor Akihito enthroned

This Day 12 Nov1990 Akihito enthroned.

Japanese Emperor Akihito—according to tradition, the 125th direct descendant of Jimmu, Japan’s legendary first emperor—was formally enthroned on this day in 1990, nearly two years after the death of his father, Hirohito.

original name Tsugu Akihito , era name Heisei emperor of Japan from 1989. As scion of the oldest imperial family in the world, he was, according to tradition, the 125th direct descendant of Jimmu, Japan’s legendary first emperor.

Akihito was the fifth child and eldest son of Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako. During his early years he was reared in the traditional imperial manner, beginning his education at the Peers’ School in 1940. He lived outside of Tokyo during the last years of World War II but returned to the Peers’ School (from 1949 Gakushūin) after the war.

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