• Kyodo


Princess Kako, the younger daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, vowed on the occasion of her 20th birthday Monday to give her best when she takes on her official duties.

“I should fulfill my duties and put value in every task I receive rather than focus on whether I am interested in it,” the princess said at a customary pre-birthday news conference.

She is scheduled to make her first public appearance as an adult member of the Imperial family on Friday, when Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and other members of the family will greet well-wishers at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo.

Asked about her good points and bad points, the princess said she couldn’t of any good points in particular. As for bad points, she said she is short-tempered and often causes an “argument over small matters at home.”

“My fuse seems to be short, as is my father’s,” she said.

Princess Kako, whose father is the second son of the Emperor and Empress, is scheduled to enroll in the college of liberal arts at International Christian University in western Tokyo next April after quitting Gakushuin University, the school that members of the Imperial family traditionally attend, in August.

Asked about her decision to switch, the princess said she was attracted by ICU’s good liberal arts program.

“I have come to understand the importance of communicating in English and broadening my knowledge” after being more involved in official duties, she said.

Princess Kako has been in the Gakushuin system ever since kindergarten.

She was also asked about her ideal type of a husband.

“I want to get married in the future, but I’ll be a college student again in spring and I’m not thinking about it yet,” she said.

“My ideal type is someone with whom I can relax,” she added.

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