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Empress Michiko in 2014

Michiko (美智子 , Michiko), formerly Michiko Shōda (正田美智子 , Shōda Michiko, born 20 October 1934), is the wife of Japan's Emperor Akihito.

Early life

Michiko Shōda was born at University of Tokyo Hospital in Tokyo. She is the eldest daughter of Hidesaburo Shōda and Fumiko Soejima, president and later honorary chairman of Nisshin Flour Milling Company.

In 1957, she earned a BA degree at the University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo.


Shōda married Crown Prince Akihito in 1959.

Crown Prince Akihito & Michiko Shoda Wedding 1959-4
Marriage photo of Japan's Crown Prince and Crown Princess in 1959

When she married, she became Crown Princess Michiko. She became Empress Michiko in 1989 when her husband became Emperor.

Empress Michiko is the mother of two sons and a daughter.

Name Birth Marriage Children
Naruhito, Emperor of Japan 23 February 1960 9 June 1993 Masako Owada Princess Toshi
Fumihito, Prince Akishino 30 November 1965 29 June 1990 Kiko Kawashima Princess Mako of Akishino
Princess Kako of Akishino
Prince Hisahito of Akishino
Sayako, Princess Nori 18 April 1969 15 November 2005 Yoshiki Kuroda


In August 2019, it was revealed that she was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in July 2019. Empress Michiko had cancer surgery in September of the year.

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