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Japan’s Princess Aiko finally able to attend in-person classes

Japan’s Princess Aiko is to attend in-person university classes for the first time since beginning her post-secondary education.

Due to the global health crisis, the Princess, who is the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, was only able to attend her classes at Gakushuin University from her enrollment in February 2020 until this year.

However, with the pandemic subsiding, the 21-year–old royal can finally attend classes alongside her fellow students on campus.

Princess Aiko will begin in-person classes starting in April. The university has put a limit on online classes for some subjects beginning this academic year and is focusing on in-person courses.

Princess Aiko did attend an in-person guidance session in early 2020 before beginning classes on the web.

The Princess, who is studying Japanese language and literature, is reportedly working on her graduate thesis.

She is in her fourth year at the private university, which has educated generations of Imperial Family members, including Emperor Naruhito and his father, Emperor Emeritus Akihito.

Although Aiko is the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, she is not in the line of succession due to Japanese laws that bar women from ascending the throne.

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