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Profile of Princess Mako, eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito

Princess Mako speaks at a news conference at her residence in Tokyo's Minato Ward on Oct. 16, 2011. (Pool photo)

Princess Mako, the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko and the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, is to be engaged to her university sweetheart.

Princess Mako was born on Oct. 23, 1991. She entered Gakushuin Primary School in Tokyo's Yotsuya district in April 1998 and went on to enter Gakushuin's junior and senior high school. Unlike most Imperial Family members, however, Princess Mako did not enter Gakushuin University after graduating from high school but chose International Christian University (ICU) in suburban Tokyo to study art and cultural heritage. She acquired a museum curator's certificate while attending the university.

Between September 2014 and June 2015, Princess Mako studied museology at the graduate school of the University of Leicester in England. In September 2016, she started a doctorate program at ICU's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Princess Mako has visited areas hit hard by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake to work as a volunteer and communicate with local children.

When asked about her vision on marriage on the occasion of her 20th birthday in 2011, she told reporters at a news conference that she had never really thought about it. She also said at the time she had no particular idea about her ideal partner.

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