Prince Komatsu Akihito

Prince Komatsu Akihito

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Prince Komatsu Akihito

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was a member of the Fushimi-no-miya one of the shinnōke branches of the Imperial Family of Japan, which were eligible to succeed to the Chrysanthemum Throne in the event that the main line should die out. He served as a career soldier in the Imperial Japanese Army.


Early life

Prince Akihito was born as Prince Yoshiaki, the seventh son of Prince Fushimi Kuniye. In 1858, he was adopted by Emperor Ninkō as a potiental heir to the throne. As he was born when the country was still under rule by the Tokugawa Bakufu, he was sent into the Buddhist priesthood, and assigned to serve at the monzeki temple of Ninna-ji in Kyoto, where he adopted the title Ninnaji-no-miya Yoshiaki (仁和寺宮嘉彰).He returned to secular life in 1867 during the Meiji Restoration, and led imperial forces to Osaka, Yamato, Shikoku and Aizu during the Boshin War to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate.

The prince was initially chosen to seal an alliance with the Kingdom of Hawai'i by marrying Princess Ka'iulani. However, these plans never came to fruition.

Prince Yoshiaki married Arima Yoriko (June 18, 1852 - June 26, 1914), daughter of Arima Yorishige, the former daimyō of Kurume Domain, on November 6, 1869. In 1870, Emperor Meiji assigned him the title of Higashifushimi-no-miya.

Military career

Prince Yoshiaki studied military tactics in England for two years from 1870-1872.

Considered a brilliant military tactician, he helped subdue many...
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