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Former Princess Ayako of Takamado gives birth to a boy

By 外務省ホームページ, CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Ayako Moriya, formerly Princess Ayako of Takamado, has given birth to a healthy baby boy. The baby boy was born earlier this morning at 7 A.M. at the Aiiku Hospital in Tokyo. According to the Imperial Household Agency, both mother and child are doing well.

Princess Ayako lost her imperial titles and status when she married a commoner, Kei Moriya, on 29 October 2018, as is the custom for the women of the Japanese Imperial Family. Ayako, born 15 September 1990, is the daughter of the late Norihito, Prince Takamado and Hisako Tottori, known as Princess Takamado. Her father died of heart failure at the age of just 47 in 2001. Ayako graduated from the Josai International University and has received a master’s degree in social welfare. She is a research fellow at JIU’s Faculty of Social Work Studies.

She is the youngest of three sisters, and only her elder sister, Princess Tsuguko has retained her Imperial title as she has not married yet. Her middle sister, Noriko married Kunimaro Senge on 5 October 2014 and also lost her imperial title.

Ayako was last seen in public during the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito, which she attended with her husband. Her father was a first cousin of the new Emperor’s father, Emperor Akihito.