Japan's Princess Kako completes her studies in U.K.


Princess Kako, granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, has completed a study program at the University of Leeds in England.

The second daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko left Japan in September last year to study at the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures at the university in West Yorkshire, England, as an exchange student from the International Christian University in Tokyo.

The princess will return to Japan on Friday.

She completed all curriculum requirements, including exams, in early June, according to the Imperial Household Agency. On holidays, she traveled to Spain and Portugal with her friends.

Monday, Princess Kako participated in a photo session at a university theater — now a familiar venue for the 23-year-old princess who took many performing arts classes during the program.

During the session, the princess, wearing a blue dress and a black jacket, listened to the explanations about performing arts from Alan Langlands, the university’s vice chancellor, and Alice O’Grady, head of the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the university.