Each Generation Brings Change to the Chrysanthemum Throne

Kevin Y. Kawamoto
Special to The Hawai‘i Herald

When Emperor Akihito was born on Dec. 23, 1933, in Tökyö, his father, Emperor Hirohito, announced that his first son would be called Prince Tsugu-no-Miya — Prince Tsugu, for short. The naming was in keeping with the Japanese imperial family’s tradition of giving its youngest members a personal title.

News of the prince’s birth was surely of interest to Hawai‘i’s Japanese community, as there were still many Issei alive who were interested in the goings-on in their homeland.

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