Fumihito, Prince Akishino

Prince Fumihito of Akishino (Japanese秋 筱 宫 文 仁 亲王, Akishino -no- miya Fumihito - shinnō; born November 30, 1965) is the second son of the reigning Tennō ( Akihito ) and his wife Michiko and second in line to the throne. Since his marriage in June 1990, he is entitled Akishino -no- miya and is head of a separate branch of the Japanese imperial family.


Akishino studied law and biology at Gakushuin University. Then he studied the taxonomy of fish at St John's College, University of Oxford.

Marriage and family

The Imperial Household Agency granted the prince permission to found a new branch of the imperial family. The Tennō gave his second son at whose wedding the title Akishino no miya. Akishino married on 29 June 1990 Princess Kiko.

The couple has three children:

  • Princess Mako (眞 子 内 亲王, Mako naishinnō; born 23 October 1991)
  • Princess Kako (佳 子 内 亲王, Kako - naishinnō; born December 29, 1994)
  • Prince Hisahito (悠 仁 亲王, Hisahito - shinnō; born September 6, 2006)


In Japanese primogeniture is to be only male members of the imperial family Tennō possible, ie in case of death of Crown Prince Naruhito Prince Akishino is used as the Crown Prince of Japan. In the Japanese throne is Prince Akishino after his older brother Crown Prince Naruhito in second place for the Chrysanthemum Throne.