Emperor of Japan
Born in Tokyo on December 23,
1933, the fifth child and first son of Emperor
Hirohito and Empress
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
Became Emperor of Japan upon
the death of his father on January 7, 1989. Was
formally crowned on November 12, 1990.
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