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Prince Akihito of Japan playing tennis.

Prince Akihito of Japan playing tennis.
Prince Akihito of Japan playing tennis.
Prince Akihito of Japan playing tennis.
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Akihito is the reigning Emperor of Japan, the 125th Emperor of his line according to Japan's traditional order of succession. He acceded to the Chrysanthemum Throne on 7 January 1989. Akihito was born in the Tokyo Imperial Palace, Tokyo City, Japan, and is the elder son and the fifth child of the Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) and Empress Kōjun (Nagako). In August 1957, he met Michiko Shōda[3][15] on a tennis court at Karuizawa near Nagano. The Imperial Household Council (a body composed of the Prime Minister of Japan; the presiding officers of the two houses of the Diet of Japan; the Chief Justice of Japan; and two members of the Imperial family) formally approved the engagement of the Crown Prince to Michiko Shōda on 27 November 1958. At that time, the media presented their encounter as a real "fairy tale",[16] or the "romance of the tennis court". The engagement ceremony took place on 14 January 1959. The Emperor and Empress married on 10 April 1959. She was the first commoner to marry into the Imperial Family.

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