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Akihito

Emperor of Japan

Born in Tokyo on December 23, 1933, the fifth child and first son of Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako.

Married commoner Michiko Shoda in a Shinto ceremony in Tokyo on April 10, 1959. Michiko became the first commoner in Japanese history to be chosen as a future Empress.

Became Emperor of Japan upon the death of his father on January 7, 1989. Was formally crowned on November 12, 1990.


Emperor Hirohito

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