The Japanese Princess Kako of Akishino is set to attend the University of Leeds this autumn. Princess Kako of Akishino is the 22-year-old daughter of Fumihito, Prince Akishino and Kiko, Princess Akishino. She is the second-eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.
According to the Imperial Household Agency, the Princess will be enrolling at the university for a year as an exchange student. She has not yet decided which course she will study during her year abroad, but according to the Japan Times, she is interested in psychology and art.
Princess Kako previously attended the International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo and the Gakushuin University. She will return to Japan next year after completing her exchange program in the United Kingdom. She follows in the footsteps of her elder sister, Princess Mako, who spent her third year at the ICU studying at the University of Edinburgh. Princess Mako later returned to the United Kingdom to study at the University of Leicester two years ago.
The Imperial Household Agency had not announced the news of Princess Mako’s choice of university until she had completed her Masters of Art in Museum and Gallery Studies and she completed it as a regular student. It is not known why they choose to announce Princess Kako’s decision to study abroad.
Princess Kako of Akishino is not in line for the succession to the Chrysanthemum Throne as women are currently barred from succeeding. Her father is second in line behind his brother Crown Prince Naruhito, and he is followed by Mako’s and Kako’s younger brother, 10-year-old Prince Hisahito of Akishino. If an imperial Princess marries outside of the Imperial Family, they lose their titles and membership of the Imperial Family under the terms of the 1947 Imperial Household Law.