Naruhito

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May 29, 2022

Naruhito (Japanese: 徳仁; born February 23, 1960) is the 126th Emperor of Japan (reigned: born May 1, 2019), the eldest son of Akihito and Sanghwang Michiko. His childhood title was Hironomiya. His seal is sputum. His era name is Reiwa (Japanese: 令和). As he currently reigns, he is called the Golden Emperor (Japanese: 今 上 天皇 Kinjo Tenno [*]), or the Golden Statue (Japanese: 今 上 Kinjo [*]) for short. During his time as Crown Prince, he served as Honorary President of the United Nations Advisory Committee on Water and Sanitation, Honorary Vice President of the Japanese Red Cross, and a Visiting Researcher at the Historical Museum of Kakushuin University. As a decoration, he was awarded the Grand Meritorious Service Medal of Chrysanthemum (大勲位菊花大綬章). He is the first emperor born after the war, and also the first emperor to hold a master's degree and experience studying abroad.

Life

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Born on February 23, 1960 (Showa 35) at 4:15 pm, the eldest of two sons and one daughter of Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko at the time, he was born at the Imperial Household Agency Hospital in the Imperial Palace (Imperial Palace), Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. When his mother, Empress Michiko, became pregnant, a maternal and child notebook was issued, and instead of giving birth at the maternity hall in the Japanese Imperial Household, she gave birth at the Imperial Household Agency's hospital. A naming ceremony was held on February 29, six days after Naruhito was born, and his grandfather, Emperor Showa, gave him the name "Hironomiya Naruhito Chin". Both his nickname "Hironomiya" and his real name, "Naruhito" are based on the contents of Chapter 32 of 『Middle Use』 of the 『Librarian Pentateuch』. At that time, it was also of interest that his parents took care of the children themselves without having a full-time parenting manager. Among them, the so-called 'Naru-chan Constitution' (Japanese: naruchin憲法), a parenting guide memo written by Empress Michiko right before Empress Michiko's departure, when the two parents visited the United States for 14 days after falling from Naruhito at 7 months of age. It has gained a lot of sympathy as a universal parenting guideline for working mothers. The appearance of Naruhito growing up with his first younger brother, Akishinonomiya Fumihito, and his second younger brother, Norinomiya Sayako, was frequently publicized through the media, showing a happy and ideal family image after the war, contributing to the formation of a new Japanese Imperial Family image . In April 1967 (Showa 42), Naruhito entered Gakushuin Elementary School and began learning figure skating under the guidance of Etsuko Inada. During his college days, he switched to speed skating based on this. When she entered Gakushuin High School, she studied a wide range of topics, such as comparative mythology, cultural history, cultural anthropology, and various current affairs, in addition to regular classes, from "historical records of successive emperors", Kojiki, Nihon Shoki, Manyo, and Heike stories. After that, he went to Gakushuin University and joined the music club to play the viola. His coming-of-age ceremony was held at the age of 20 on February 23, 1980 (Showa 55) while attending school. In March 1982 (Showa 57), he graduated from the Department of History, Faculty of Literature, Gakushuin University, and entered the graduate school of Gakushuin University. Until then, most of the royal family majored in natural science with a focus on biology, but Naruhito majored in fields close to the humanities and social sciences, such as history and medieval transportation and distribution history. From 1983 (Showa 58) to 1985 (Showa 60), he studied at Merton University, Oxford University, and studied the water transport of the Thames River. In 1988 (Showa 63), Gakushuin University Graduate School of Humanities Research Department Park