Japan's Princess Aiko celebrates her coming of age

TOKYO • Japan's Princess Aiko, the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, yesterday celebrated her coming of age at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo after turning 20 last Wednesday.

Princess Aiko, who is not eligible to ascend to the Chrysanthemum Throne - limited by law to males - bowed and smiled to the press wearing a tiara and a long white dress.

The princess wants to become an adult who can be of service to others, according to a statement released by the Imperial Household Agency on her birthday.

"I am deeply grateful to all who have been involved in my journey to this day," Princess Aiko said.

It was heartbreaking that many people around the world have died due to Covid-19, she added, expressing hope that "a peaceful and vibrant life" would come to everyone as soon as possible.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 06, 2021, with the headline Japan's Princess Aiko celebrates her coming of age. Subscribe