Japan: Younger brother of former Emperor Hirohito dies at age 100

Prince Mikasa was born on Dec. 2, 1915. He is the uncle of the current Emperor Akihito and was fifth in line to the throne.

By: AP | Tokyo | Published:October 27, 2016 9:53 am
japan, japan emperor, japan emperor uncle dies, Prince Mikasa dead, japan royal family death, Prince Mikasa death, japan news, world news, indian express news Japan’s Prince Mikasa, younger brother of former Japanese Emperor Hirohito, has died at the age of 100. The Imperial Household Agency announced Thursday that Prince Mikasa died Thursday morning at a hospital in Tokyo. (Source: AP Photo/File)

The younger brother of former Japanese Emperor Hirohito died Thursday at the age of 100.

The Imperial Household Agency announced that Prince Mikasa had died in the morning at a hospital in Tokyo.

Japanese media reports say he had been hospitalized since May, initially because of pneumonia. Citing unnamed sources, they say his condition took a sudden turn for the worse on Thursday.

Prince Mikasa was born on Dec. 2, 1915. He is the uncle of the current Emperor Akihito and was fifth in line to the throne.

His brother Hirohito reigned for more than 60 years, during World War II and until his death in 1989.