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Subject: Prince Nobuhiko Higashikuni, Grandson of Japan's Emperor Hirihoto

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Date Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 11:49:22am

Nobuhiko Higashikuni (–|ΎΓίƒ ΠΕΡε Higashikuni Nobuhiko, 10 March 1945 ¨C 20 March 2019) was a Japanese aristocrat and Imperial prince. He was the eldest son of Shigeko, Princess Teru, the eldest child of Emperor Hirohito. He was thus a maternal nephew of the present emperor, Akihito. His father was Morihiro Higashikuni, a grandson of Emperor Meiji.


He was born in a shelter home amid the air raid on Tokyo as the eldest son of Prince Morihiro Higashikuni and Shigeko, Princess Teru, the eldest daughter of Hirohito, then the reigning Emperor of Japan.

After departing from the Imperial Palace, he studied at the Keio University Law School and worked at Mitsui Bank. He was appointed as a member of the Thai Association of Japan, and subsequently the executive director, managing director, Kakari member, etc. In June 2008, he assumed the honorary presidency of the All Japan Baseball Conference. In July 2009, he assumed the role of honorary adviser of the Japan-US Friendship Bridge Executive Committee. Other positions held by Higashikuni are: Honorary Chairman of the Society "Togo Association" and Honorary President of the Association to Protect Japanese Tradition.

Higashikuni married Yoshiko Shimada in June 1972. The Shimada family is a commoner family who runs real estate management business (apartment/parking lot management) in Yokohama, but Emperor Hirohito liked Shimada's homely appearance and blessed Nobuhiko's marriage. In the following year a boy was born to the couple.

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