Japanese Emperor Hirohito’s younger brother dies at age 100

Prince Mikasa was born on December 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 12:20 pm
japan emperor, emperor hirohito, price mikasa, prince mikasa dies, prince mikasa dies at 100, japanese emperor's brother dies at 100, japan news, world news, indian express In this Jan. 2, 2015 photo, Japan’s Prince Mikasa waves to well-wishers from a balcony during a New Year’s public appearance at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.

The younger brother of former Japanese Emperor Hirohito died today 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 hospitalised since May, initially because of pneumonia. Citing unnamed sources, they say his condition took a sudden turn for the worse today.

Prince Mikasa was born on December 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.