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Japan’s Prince Hisahito, 2nd in line to throne, turns 17

Tokyo, Sep 6 (EFE).- Prince Hisahito, Emperor Naruhito’s nephew and second in line to the Japanese imperial throne, turned 17 Wednesday in his second year of secondary school.

The youngest son of Crown Prince Fumihito, brother of Naruhito and first in line of succession, Hisahito graduated from Ochanomizu University High School in Tokyo, and since April has been in his penultimate year of secondary school.

This makes him the first post-war member of the imperial family to study at a secondary school unaffiliated with Gakushuin University, established in the 19th century as a school for aristocrats.

On his interests, the prince said he likes dragonflies, a taste he acquired during his elementary school years, and often does fieldwork related to this topic. He is also part of his school’s badminton team.

During the summer school holidays, Hisahito accompanied his father for the first time on a regional visit as part of his official schedule, attending various events such as the opening of a high school cultural festival in Kagoshima Prefecture, in the south-west of the country. .

Hisahito is the sole heir of his generation, as the current law governing Imperial Household affairs (dating back to 1947, during the period of the US occupation), states that only male descendants of the emperor can ascend to the throne.

Currently there are only three people who meet this requirement: his father, 56; his great-uncle Prince Hitachi, 86, and third in the line of succession; and Hisahito himself.

Emperor Naruhito has a daughter, 20-year-old Aiko, whose succession rights were up for debate before her cousin’s birth. With the arrival of the prince, the talks on a reform of the Imperial House Law were put aside, although now they have been resumed due to the succession problem.

Women of the Japanese imperial family cease to be members of the institution when they marry a man outside the family as well as their descendants and this is the only option they currently have to marry, given the lack of candidates. EFE

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