• Kyodo


Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko quietly marked 30 years of marriage on Monday as the novel coronavirus pandemic continued to restrict their public appearances.

The 54-year-old crown prince was initially scheduled to take part in a ceremony April 19 to proclaim his new status as first in line to the chrysanthemum throne, but the event, a key part of imperial succession ceremonies, was postponed to prevent the spread of coronavirus infections.

The crown prince and his 53-year-old wife have been receiving online lectures on the coronavirus and last month donated 500 medical gowns they made by hand out of plastic bags with their children and Imperial Household Agency officials for use by health care workers.

While no celebratory events are being held for their marriage anniversary, a close aide of the two, who first met at university, said they are “very compatible” and appear to “always think about each other.”

“They are worried about how infections have continued to spread and severely hit various sectors,” the aide said.

The couple married on June 29, 1990, after meeting at Gakushuin University in Tokyo, and have three children — Princess Mako born in 1991, Princess Kako in 1994 and Prince Hisahito in 2006.

In 2017, Princess Mako, 28, and her university boyfriend Kei Komuro, 28, announced their intention to get engaged and said their wedding would take place on Nov. 4, 2018, but their plans to tie the knot were put on hold following reports that Komuro’s mother was involved in a dispute over money.

Princess Kako, 25, graduated from International Christian University in Tokyo in March last year and has since been engaged in public duties as an adult member of the imperial family, which has been shrinking as female members have been leaving it upon their marriage with commoners and losing their imperial status.

Prince Hisahito, 13, who has risen to second in line to the throne after his father, is now in his second year at Ochanomizu University Junior High School in Tokyo.

He is the sole heir of his generation in the imperial family as the Imperial House Law limits the succession to men. Emperor Naruhito, his 60-year-old uncle, only has a daughter — Princess Aiko, 18.

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