Prince Hisahito, second in line to throne, turns 15

Japan Times -- Sep 07
Prince Hisahito, the nephew of Emperor Naruhito and second in line to the Japanese imperial throne, turned 15 on Monday as his school activities continued to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The son of Crown Prince Akishino is currently a third-year student at Ochanomizu University Junior High School. He is the only heir of his generation as the Imperial House Law states that only males with male lineal descent from emperors can ascend the chrysanthemum throne.

Next spring, the young prince is expected to enter a high school not affiliated with Ochanomizu University, as the high school attached to the university is an all-girls school. The pandemic has forced the cancellation of the junior high school’s school trips and the prince took some online classes, according to the Imperial Household Agency.

Prince Hisahito has joined an educational field trip to hear lectures given by those working on various social issues. During the excursion, he also had an exchange with the disabled staff of a flower shop and saw facilities related to the Tokyo Olympics while riding a water bus.

秋篠宮家の長男悠仁さまは6日、15歳の誕生日を迎えた。お茶の水女子大付属中3年となり、新型コロナウイルス禍で学校行事にさまざまな影響が出る中、オンラインを交えながら学習に取り組んだ。 - Kyodo