Emperor of Japan born on December 23, 1933 in Tokyo. His full name is Tsugu-no-miya Akihito.
Eldest son of Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako, has one brother and five sisters. In 1944, he/she reached the age to occupy a range of officer in the army, but his father objected to such a possibility. After the war, he/she was instructed in Gakushuin higher school in Tokyo, when the Royal family was traditional education in Palace conducted by private tutors. Crown Prince invested in 1952, he/she graduated in political science from Gakushuin University. In 1953 he/she made his first trip abroad to attend the coronation of Isabel II of England. On April 10, 1959 he/she married Michiko Shoda, daughter of a family of gentry, the first not from the palatial surroundings of imperial Consort. In 1960 the Crown Prince Naruhito (bridegroom with Masako Owada on June 9, 1993), born Prince Fumihito in 1965 and in 1969 the Princess Sayako.
On September 22, 1988 Akihito assumed the Regency in fact by the serious illness of his father and on January 7, 1989, at the time of his death, formally succeeded him. On November 12, 1990, concluded the period of mourning, was solemnly enthroned in Tokyo (and not in Kyoto, the ancient imperial capital) 125 ° Emperor of the Japan. Thus began the Heisei ('realization of peace') era, that of the Chrysanthemum throne has defined constitutionally a role largely symbolic and head of Shinto, the traditional religion of the Japan. Man quietly and scientific concerns (is an expert in taxonomy, Ichthyology, natural history and conservation), that he/she inherited from his father, has continued his penchant for approaching the town, with numerous visits and events across the country intended to strengthen links with the Crown.
Between his trips abroad, carried out reached notoriety to the United Kingdom in the days 25-29 May 1998, the first of a Japanese Emperor since 1971, primarily by the protests raised by the associations of Veterans of the second world war.
Akihito has been Honorary Chairman of the Asian Games from 1958, the Paralympic Games in 1964, of the Pacific Science Congress in 1966, the Universal exhibition in Osaka (1970) and the International Conference on fisheries in India-pacifico (1985), among other events. It is member of the fish society in his country and an honorary member of the Linnean Society of London.