Princess Akiko of Japan was hospitalised last Wednesday in Tokyo with a high fever and asthma, the Imperial Household Agency said. Princess Akiko visited the emergency room of the Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine’s hospital in Kyoto at 3 in the morning. She was spending the New Year holidays in Kyoto when she felt unwell.
She developed a fever late Tuesday afternoon and had symptoms of asthma and was hospitalised to “be on the safe side”, the Imperial Household Agency added. She is said to be already recovering.
Princess Akiko of Misaka was born 20 December 1981 as the daughter of the late Prince Tomohito of Mikasa and Princess Tomohito of Mikasa. She is the great-granddaughter of Yoshihito, Emperor Taishō. She graduated from Gakushuin University with a bachelor’s degree in history. In 2003 she studied at the University of Oxford as a doctoral student at the Faculty of Oriental Studies. In 2011 she was awarded a D.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford, becoming the second member of the Japanese Imperial family to achieve a doctorate.
When she became of age in 2001 she started attending official ceremonies and events in Japan with other members of the Imperial Family. She made an official visit to Chile in 2013 and to Turkey in 2014, where the Princess viewed the remains of Kaman-Kalehöyük alongside many other sites. She was the chief mourner and host of the funeral service for her uncle, Yoshihito, Prince Katsura who died on 8 June 2014 of a heart attack. In 2016 she made a public appearance at the Fifth World Butoku Sai in Kyoto.
In 2013 she collapsed at Haneda Airport where she was waiting to greet the returning Emperor and Empress after their visit to India. She was taken to Keio University Hospital where she was later diagnosed with cerebral anemia.