Michiko is a member of the Imperial House of Japan who served as the Empress consort of Japan as the wife of Akihito, the 125th Emperor of Japan reigning from 7 January 1989 to 30 April 2019. Michiko married Crown Prince Akihito and became the Crown Princess of Japan in 1959. She was the first commoner and the first member of a religious minority to marry into the Japanese Imperial Family. She has three children with her husband. Her elder son, Naruhito, is the current emperor to the Chrysanthemum Throne. As crown princess and later as empress consort, she has become the most visible and widely travelled imperial consort in Japanese history. Upon Emperor Akihito's abdication, Michiko received the new title of Jōkōgō, or Empress Emerita.
|Born:||October 20, 1934, University of Tokyo Hospital, Tokyo City, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan|
|Issue:||Naruhito, Emperor of Japan, Fumihito, Prince Akishino, Sayako Kuroda|
|House:||Imperial House of Japan (by marriage)|
|Religion:||Shinto (1959–), Roman Catholicism (1934–1959)|
|IMDb:||Empress Michiko's IMDb|
About Empress Michiko
Born into a family of Japanese academics, she joined the Japanese Imperial Family upon her 1959 marriage to Crown Prince Akihito. Upon the death of his father, Akihito became Emperor of Japan and Michiko received the title of Empress Consort.
She studied English literature at the University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo, graduating with highest honors in 1957.
During her years as Crown Princess and Empress, she was photographed with such famous political figures as United States Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, and American First Lady Nancy Reagan.
In the early 1960s, she and Emperor Akihito welcomed two sons (Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan and Fumihito, Prince Akishino) and one daughter (Sayako, Princess Nori).
Her father-in-law, Emperor Hirohito, ruled Japan from 1926 until 1989.
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