Akihito (Japanese: 明仁, tag Tsugu-no Miya / 継 宮, period name Heisei / 平 成, born 23 November 1933) is the former Emperor of Japan. It ruled from 1989 to 2019.
Akihito is the fifth child of Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako and their first son. He studied at Gakushin schools. II. With the many changes brought about by World War II in Japanese society, the ruling authority of the emperor was also abolished and restricted to ceremonies.
Akihito expanded his curriculum by taking English language and Western culture classes. Like his father, he chose to study marine biology and is known for his ichthyological research on goby.
He was declared crown prince in 1952. In 1959, he broke a 1500-year-old tradition and married not a noble person, but a wealthy businessman’s daughter, Miçiko Şoda. Their first son, Hiro-no Miya (Naruhito), was born in 1960.
He became emperor on January 7, 1989, after his father’s death. The Akihito era was called Heisei, which means Peace.
On July 13, 2016, the Kyodo Agency announced that Emperor Akihito would abdicate, citing health problems, and his eldest son Naruhito would replace him. Naruhito took office on May 1, 2019.