TOKYO -- Prince Hisahito, Emperor Akihito's sole grandson and soon-to-be second in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne following the abdication of the Emperor this year, will advance to Ochanomizu University Junior High School in the capital's Bunkyo Ward in April, the Imperial Household Agency announced on Feb. 4.
According to the agency, Prince Hisahito, 12, the son of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko who is currently in the sixth grade at Ochanomizu University Elementary School, did not sit any entrance exams at other junior high schools. A high-ranking official with the agency commented, "The decision was likely because (he and his parents) took into consideration a familiar environment and the school's educational policy of attaching importance to independence and autonomy."
Prince Hisahito will become the first Imperial Family member since the end of World War II to attend a junior high school other than Gakushuin Junior High School, a private facility traditionally attended by Imperial Family members.
Prince Hisahito took an entrance exam for Ochanomizu University Junior High School on Feb. 3. The results of the exam were announced the next day, and he passed the test.
The junior high school's ratio of boys to girls is one to two. As Ochanomizu University High School is for girls only, some male students at the elementary school choose to enter other junior high schools. Ochanomizu University is also for women only.
(Japanese original by Nao Yamada, City News Department)