Duterte's meeting with Emperor Akihito cancelled due to death in royal family

Oct 29, 2016, 01:48
Duterte's meeting with Emperor Akihito cancelled due to death in royal family

The call of President Duterte on Emperor Akihito has been cancelled following the death of the Japanese monarch's uncle Prince Mikasa.

In this January 2, 2015 photo, Japan's Prince Mikasa waves to well-wishers from a balcony during a New Year's public appearance at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

The prince was the oldest member of the Imperial family, living through the reign of three different Emperors, in the Taisho, Showa and Heisei eras.

He was fifth in line to succeed the Chrysanthemum Throne. He was born in the Tokyo royal palace on December 2, 1915.

According to the Imperial Household Agency, which handles public affairs on the royal household's behalf, Prince Mikasa was admitted to St. Luke's International Hospital in May for acute pneumonia.

On Thursday morning, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his condolences over the Prince Mikasa's death.

Prince Mikasa "supported his elder brother (Emperor Hirohito) as well as the current Emperor, contributing to the peace of the country and the welfare of its people", the statement said. He was posted to Nanjing, China, under a pseudonym for one year from 1943.

Mikasa wrote in a book in 1984: "Even today I constantly feel the sting of conscience over my failure to fully grasp the criminality of war".

Mikasa studied ancient Asian history, teaching at Tokyo University of the Arts and Tokyo Women's Christian University and serving as the honorary president of the Japan-Turkey Society and Middle Eastern Culture Center in Japan.

With his wife, Princess Yuriko, Prince Mikasa had three sons and two daughters. From left to right are: Princess Nori, Emperor Akihito (sitting), Crown Prince Naruhito, Crown Princess Masako, Empress Michiko (sitting), Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko.

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