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Prince Hisahito Faces Difficulty in Choosing a University for College

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Prince Hisahito of Akishino, the eldest son of the Akishino family, entering the Imperial Palace Photo/ Kyodo News

Prince Hisahito of Akishino, the eldest son of Prince Akishino’s family, who turned 17 on September 6, is a second-year student at Tsukuba University High School. During the summer vacation, it was reported that he visited Kagoshima on his first official regional assignment with Prince Akishino.


“I have heard that as the autumn of the second year of high school is approaching, it is time to set a detailed course of study. Each school and each individual has its own circumstances, so it is difficult to make a general statement, but if we calculate backwards from the main event, we can say that the timing is getting close to “about time””

Prince Hisahito spent his kindergarten, elementary school, and junior high school years at Ochanomizu University, and since Ochanomizu became an all-girls high school, he was selected through a partnership program between Ochanomizu University and Tsukuba University, and entered Tsukuba University High School.

“From that point on, and even before that, the question of where to go to college has always been discussed.”


Among them, names such as the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Hitotsubashi University, University of Tsukuba, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Waseda-Keio University, Sophia University, and Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology have been mentioned, regardless of whether they are national or private institutions.

“At the moment, it seems that their main choice is a national university within commuting distance of Akishino’s residence where they live. It is likely that they would like to avoid staying at a boarding house.”

If this is the case, does that mean that Kyoto University and the University of Tsukuba are no longer on the list?

“Even so, the reality seems to be that they have not narrowed down their choices. There have been reports that the growth in deviation scores has not been as high as expected, but there is still a lot of time left. It may be better to say that we are now at the stage where we are hoping for an increase in results. If it proves difficult, he may switch to recommendations to Waseda-Keio-Sophia.”

Regardless of which university he chooses, various simulations will be conducted mainly by the Imperial Household Agency, but security is likely to be a bottleneck.

“We need to work out a plan from scratch with the school of higher education,” he said. “This is not the case with Gakushuin. In order to make sure everything is in place, we need to get it fixed as soon as possible. I can hear the voices of those involved in the security industry expressing their earnest wishes that the plan be finalized as soon as possible in order to take all possible precautions.”

There is not much time left until the students enter university.

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