Japan's Prince Hisahito Enters Junior High School

Japan's Prince Hisahito enters junior high school

Japan's Prince Hisahito, the only grandson of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, has entered junior high school.

The 12-year-old prince attended an entrance ceremony at Ochanomizu University Junior High School in Tokyo on Monday. The academic year begins in April in Japan.

Wearing his new school uniform, the prince posed for a photo session before the ceremony, accompanied by his parents, Prince and Princess Akishino.

Reporters congratulated him, and the prince bowed and thanked them.

Asked how he felt, he said with a smile that he would like to spend fulfilling days as a junior high school student.

When his name was called in the entrance ceremony, he reportedly responded articulately and stood up.

Prince Hisahito represented the school's 114 new first-year students to give an address.

He was quoted as saying that the students are hoping to strengthen whatever abilities they each have, and broaden their possibilities and horizons.

The prince is the first member of the Imperial family since the end of World War Two to attend a junior high school other than one attached to Gakushuin University.

He is due to visit the Imperial Palace on Wednesday to report his entry to the junior high school to the Emperor and Empress.