Princess Kako of Akishino, the niece of Emperor Naruhito and the second-eldest grandchild of Emperor Emeritus Akihito, is on her first official overseas trip. She left for Austria and Hungary on Sunday to mark the 150th anniversary of Japan’s diplomatic ties with the two countries.
Princess Kako travelled firstly to Vienna via Germany and will fly to the Hungarian capital of Budapest on Thursday. She paid a courtesy call on Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen today. She will attend a commemorative reception in Austria on Tuesday. In Budapest, she will meet with President Janos Ader, and she will attend a luncheon held by the president and his wife, Anita Herczegh, on Friday.
Princess Kako is the younger daughter of the Crown Prince and Crown Princess of Japan. She just graduated from the International Christian University in Tokyo where she majored in psychology. She also studied at Leeds University in Britain for nine months from September 2017. As a woman, she is not in the line of succession. Her younger brother Hisahito is second in the line of succession after their father. They also have an older sister named Mako. Her uncle, Naruhito became Emperor after the abdication of her grandfather, Emperor Akihito earlier this year.