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Encyclopedia > Prince Takamatsu
Imperial House of Japan
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His Imperial Highness Prince Takamatsu (Nobuhito) of Japan (jp: 高松宮宣仁親王,Takamatsu no miya Nobuhito Shinnō) (1 March 1905 - 3 February 1987) was the third son of HIM the Emperor Taishō and HIM Empress Teimei and a younger brother of the HIM Emperor Shōwa. He became heir to the Takamatsu-no-miya (formerly Arisugawa-no-miya), one of the four shinnōke or branches of the imperial family entitled to inherit the Chrysanthemum throne in default of a direct heir. From the mid-1920s until the end of World War II, Prince Takamatsu pursued a career in the Japanese Imperial Navy, eventually rising to the rank of captain. Following the war, the prince became patron or honorary president of various organizations in the fields of international cultural exchange, the arts, sports, and medicine. He is mainly remembered for his philanthropic activities as a member of the Japanese imperial family. Image File history File links Imperial_Seal_of_Japan. ... Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan. ... Akihito () (born December 23, 1933) is the current Emperor ) of Japan, the 125th person to hold that title, according to the traditional order of succession. ... Empress Michiko of Japan, (born October 20, 1934) formerly Michiko Shōda (正田 美智子 Shōda Michiko) and later the Crown Princess of Japan (April 10, 1959 to January 7, 1989), is the wife and consort of the reigning Emperor of Japan, HIM Emperor Akihito. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Masako, Crown Princess of Japan (雅子皇太子妃殿下 Masako kōtaishihi denka, the Crown Princess Masako) (born December 9, 1963, Tokyo, Japan) is styled Her Imperial Highness The Crown Princess of Japan. ... Princess Aiko Princess Aiko, The Princess Toshi (敬宮愛子内親王殿下 Toshi no miya Aiko naishinnō denka), born December 1, 2001, is the first child of Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito, heir apparent to the Japanese throne, and Crown Princess Masako. ... Prince Akishino (Fumihito) of Japan (秋篠宮文仁親王殿下 Akishino-no-miya Fumihito shinnō denka) also known as Prince Fumihito (文仁親王 Fumihito shinnō) (born 30 November 1965) is a member of the Japanese imperial family. ... Princess Akishino , formerly Kawashima Kiko (川島紀子) 11 September 1966-) is the wife of Prince Akishino, who is the second son of the Emperor Akihito and the Empress Michiko of Japan. ... Princess Mako Akishino of Japan (秋篠宮眞子内親王殿下 Akishino-no-miya Mako naishinnō denka) (born 23 October 1991) the elder daughter of Prince Akishino (Fumuhito) and his wife, the former Kawashima Kiko, is a member of the Japanese imperial family. ... Princess Kako Akishino of Japan (秋篠宮佳子内親王殿下 Akishino-no-miya Kako naishinnō denka) (born 29 December 1994) the second daughter of Prince Akishino (Fumihito) and his wife, the former Kawashima Kiko, is a member of the Japanese imperial family. ... His Imperial Highness Prince Hisahito of Akishino , 6 September 2006-) is the third child of Prince and Princess Akishino, and their first son. ... His Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi (Masahito) of Japan (jp: 常陸宮 , Hitachi no miya Mashahito Shinnō) (28 November 1935) is a member of the Japanese imperial family and the younger brother of the Emperor Akihito. ... Princess Hitachi (Hanako) of Japan (jp:常陸宮正仁親王妃華子, Hitachi no miya Hanako shinnō-hi), née Hanako Tsugaru (津軽華子 Tsugaru Hanako), was born on 19 July 1940. ... His Imperial Highness, Prince Mikasa (Takahito) of Japan (Mikasa no miya Takahito Shinnō; born December 15, 1915) is the fourth and youngest son of the Emperor Taishō and the Empress Teimei. ... Princess Mikasa (Yoriko) of Japan, (Mikasa-no-miya Yuriko shinnō-hi) 三笠宮妃百合子, née Yoriko Takagi, second daughter of Masanari Takagi, born 4 June 1923. ... Prince Tomohito of Mikasa (三笠宮寬仁 Mikasa-no-miya Tomohito shinnō), eldest son of the current HIH Prince Mikasa and HIH Princess Mikasa (Yuriko). ... Princess Tomohito of Mikasa (寛仁親王妃信子) was born on April 9, 1955. ... Princess Akiko of Mikasa (born 20 December 1981) is the eldest daughter of HIH Prince Tomohito of Mikasa. ... Princess Yohko of Mikasa (born 25 October 1983) is the second daughter of HIH Prince Tomohito of Mikasa and HIH Princess Tomohito of Mikasa. ... Prince Katsura (Yoshihito) of Japan (æ¡‚å®® 宜仁親王, Katsura-no-miya Yoshihito shinnō) (11 February 1948) is the second son of Prince and Princess Mikasa and a first cousin of Emperor Akihito. ... Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado (Hisako) of Japan, (jp: Takamado no miya Hisako shinnō-hi), née Ms. ... Princess Tsuguko of Takamado (承子女王殿下) is the daughter of the late His Imperial Highness Prince Takamado and Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado (born 6 March 1986). ... Princess Noriko of Takamado is the daughter of the late His Imperial Highness Prince Takamado and Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado (born 22 July 1988). ... Princess Ayako of Takamado (承子女王殿下) is the daughter of the late His Imperial Highness Prince Takamado and Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado (born 15 September 1990). ... JP may refer to: Japan, ISO country code The Japanese language Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, a neighborhood of Boston Chat slang for just playing, a relative of just kidding The postnominal letters for a justice of the peace (magistrate) Abbreviation for Joint Post, mainly used for people who participate in online... March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... 1905 (MCMV) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An emperor is a (male) monarch, usually the sovereign ruler of an empire or another type of imperial realm. ... Yoshihito (嘉仁), the Taishō Emperor (大正天皇), (August 31, 1879–December 25, 1926, r. ... born Princess Sadako Kujo (九条節子 kujō sadako) (June 25, 1884 - May 17, 1951) was the consort of the Taisho Emperor and the mother of Emperor Hirohito. ... Hirohito (裕仁), the Shōwa Emperor (昭和天皇), (April 29, 1901 - January 7, 1989) reigned over Japan from 1926 to 1989. ... The Arisugawa-no-miya house (有栖川宮家) is one of the shinnōke, branches of the Imperial Family which are eligible to succeed to the Chrysanthemum Throne in the event that the main line should die out. ... Shinnōke (literally shinnō houses) were the collective name of four cadet branches of the Imperial Household of Japan, entitled to provide a successor to the Chrysanthemum throne if the main line failed to produce an heir. ... 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Early life

Prince Nobuhito was born at the Aoyama Palace in Tokyo to then-Crown Prince Yoshihito and Crown Princess Sadako. His childhood appellation was Teru no miya (Prince Teru). Like his elder brothers, Prince Hirohito and Prince Yasuhito, he attended the boy's elementary and secondary departments of the Peers' School (Gakushuin). When Prince Arisugawa Takehito (11 February 1862 - 10 July 1913), the tenth head of the collateral imperial house of Arisugawa-no-miya, died without a male heir, Emperor Taishō placed Prince Nobuhito in the house. The name of the house reverted to the original Takamatsu no miya. The new Prince Takamatsu was a fourth cousin, four times removed of Prince Takehito. Tokyo , literally Eastern capital)   is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, the home of the Japanese Imperial Family, and the de facto[1] capital of Japan. ... His Imperial Highness Prince Chichibu (Yasuhito) of Japan (25 June 1902 - 4 January 1953) (jp: 秩父宮 雍仁, Chichibu no miya Yasuhito Shinnō), also known as Prince Yasuhito, was the second son of the Taisho Emperor and a younger brother of the Emperor Shōwa. ... February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1862 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... July 10 is the 191st day (192nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 174 days remaining. ... 1913 (MCMXIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ...


Military service

Prince Tamkamatsu as a naval officer - Person in white uniform on the rock. Place unknown
Prince Tamkamatsu as a naval officer - Person in white uniform on the rock. Place unknown

Prince Takamatsu attended the Imperial Naval Academy from 1922 to 1925. He received a commission as a sub-lieutenant (second class) in December 1925 and took up duties aboard the battleship Fusō. He was promoted to sub-lieutenant (first class) the following year after completed the course of study at the Torpedo School. The prince studied at the Naval Aviation School at Kasumigauara in 1927 and the Naval Gunnery School at Yokosuka in 1930 - 1931. In 1930, he was promoted to lieutenant (first class) and attached to Naval General Staff in Tokyo. He became a squadron commander of warship Takao, two years later and subsequently was reassigned to the Fusō. Prince Takamatsu graduated from the Naval Staff College in 1936, after having been promoted to lieutenant commander. He was promoted to the rank of commander in September 1940 and finally to captain in 1942. From 1936 to 1945, he held various staff positions in the Naval General Staff Office in Tokyo. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2386x2093, 1270 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Prince Takamatsu ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (2386x2093, 1270 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Prince Takamatsu ... 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... HMS Victory in 1884 Battleship was the name given to the most powerfully gun-armed and most heavily armored classes of warships built between the 15th and 20th centuries. ... 1927 (MCMXXVII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... Categories: Cities in Kanagawa Prefecture | Japan geography stubs ... 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link is to a full 1930 calendar). ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link is to a full 1930 calendar). ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1945 (MCMVL) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ...


Marriage

On 4 February 1930, Prince Takamatsu married Tokugawa Kikuko (26 December 1911 - 17 December 2004), the second daughter of Prince Tokugawa Yoshihisa (peer). On her father's side, the bride was a grand daughter of Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the last shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate. On her mother's side, she was a grand daughter of the late Prince Arisugawa Takehito. Prince and Princess Takamatsu had no children. February 4 is the 35th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link is to a full 1930 calendar). ... Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamatsu (Kikuko) of Japan, (jp: 宣仁親王妃喜久子, Nobuhito Shinnō-hi Kikuko) (26 December 1911–17 December 2004), known informally as Princess Kikuko, was a member of the Japanese imperial family. ... December 26 is the 360th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, 361st in leap years. ... 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tokugawa Yoshinobu in French military uniform, c. ... Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first shogun of the Kamakura shogunate For other articles with similar names, see Shogun (disambiguation). ... The Tokugawa shogunate or Tokugawa bakufu (徳川幕府) (also known as the Edo bakufu) was a feudal military dictatorship of Japan established in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu and ruled by the shoguns of the Tokugawa family until 1868. ...


During World War Two

Prince Takamatsu expressed grave reservations about the decision to wage war on the United States in autumn 1941. He urged Emperor Shōwa to sue for peace after the Japanese naval defeat at the Battle of Midway in 1942; an intervention which apparently caused a rift between the royal brothers. After the battle of Saipan in July 1944, Prince Takamatsu joined his uncles Prince Higashikuni, Prince Asaka, former prime minister Konoe Fumimaro, and other aristocrats, in seeking the ouster of the prime minister, Tojo Hideki. This article is about the year. ... Combatants United States Empire of Japan Commanders Chester W. Nimitz, Frank J. Fletcher, Raymond A. Spruance Isoroku Yamamoto, Chuichi Nagumo, Tamon Yamaguchi† Strength Three carriers, ~50 support ships, 233 carrier aircraft, 127 land-based aircraft Four carriers, Seven battleships, ~150 support ships, 248 carrier aircraft, 16 floatplanes Casualties 1 carrier... 1942 (MCMXLII) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1942 calendar). ... Combatants United States Japan Commanders Richmond K. Turner, Holland Smith Yoshitsugu Saito Strength 71,000 31,000 Casualties 3,426 killed; 13,160 wounded 24,000 KIA and 5,000 suicides; 921 prisoners The battle of Saipan was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought on... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... Prince Higashikuni Prince Higashikuni (Naruhiko) of Japan (東久邇 稔彦 Higashikuni Naruhiko, also Higashikuni no miya Naruhiko ō (東久邇宮 稔彦王)) (3 December 1887 – 26 January 1990) was the 43rd Prime Minister of Japan from 17 August 1945 to 9 October 1945, a period of 54 days. ... Prince Asaka Yasuhiko, circa 1937 His Imperial Highness Prince Asaka (Yasuhiko) of Japan (jp: 朝香鳩彦 Asaka Yasuhiko, 2 October 1887 - 13 April 1981), Prince Asaka-no-miya (朝香宮) of Japan, was a member of the Japanese imperial family and a career army officer. ... Fumimaro Konoe (近衛 文麿 Konoe Fumimaro) (sometimes Konoye, October 12, 1891–December 16, 1945) was a Japanese politician and the 34th (June 4, 1937–January 5, 1939), 38th (July 22, 1940–July 18, 1941) and 39th (July 18, 1941–October 18, 1941) Prime Minister... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


After the war Prince Takamatsu became the honorary president of various charitable, cultural and athletic organizations including the Japan Fine Arts Society, the Denmark-Japan Society, the France-Japan Society, the Tofu Society for the Welfare of Leprosy Patients, the Sericulture Association, the Japan Basketball Association, and the Saise Welfare Society. He also served as a patron of the Japan Red Cross Society. Prince Takamatsu died of lung cancer on 3 February 1987 at The Red Cross Medical Center in Tokyo. His remains were buried at Tokyo's Toshimagaoka Cemetery. The terms Red Cross and Red Crescent are often used as short names for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, or its two leading international organs, the ICRC and the IFRCS. This page is about the symbol itself, see respective articles for information about the organizations and movements. ... February 3 is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Personality

In 1991, Princess Takamatsu and an aide discovered a twenty-volume diary, written in Prince Takamatsu's own hand between 1934 and 1947. The diary, which the magazine Chou Koron obtained, revealed the late prince had opposed the Kwantung Army's incursions in Manchuria in September 1931 and the expansion of the July 1937 Marco Polo Bridge Incident into a full-scale war against China. 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1947 calendar). ... Manchuria (Manchu: Manju; Traditional Chinese: 滿洲; Simplified Chinese: 满洲; pinyin: Mǎnzhōu, Russian: ) is a vast territorial region in northeast Asia. ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1931 calendar). ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Marco Polo Bridge Incident (盧溝橋事變; also known as 七七事變, 七七盧溝橋事變) was a battle between Japans Imperial Army and Chinas National Revolutionary Army, marking the beginning of the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945). ...


External links

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  Results from FactBites:
 
CNN.com - Japan royal hints at female rule - January 7, 2002 (304 words)
Writing in a women's magazine, Takamatsu, the 90-year-old widow of the late Emperor Hirohito's younger brother, welcomed the birth of Japan's newest royal family member, Princess Aiko, and said it would not be "unnatural" for a female to become the reigning monarch.
Takamatsu said "it was up to the stork" whether Masako, 38, would give birth to a boy but added there was precedent in Japan's history for a change to a female empress.
Takamatsu said that there were also overseas role models for such a monarchy -- the most famous being Queen Elizabeth II who gained the royal throne of the United Kingdom in 1952 following the death of her father King George VI.
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