Princess Kako, the younger daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, has vowed on the occasion of her 20th birthday Monday to give her best in the official duties she will take on.
"I should fulfill my duties and put value in every work I receive rather than focus on whether I am interested in it," the princess said at a customary pre-birthday news conference.
The princess is scheduled to appear to the public for the first time as an adult member of the imperial family on Jan. 2 when Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko and other members of the imperial family greet well-wishers gathered at the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo.
Princess Kako, whose father is the second son of the emperor and empress, is scheduled to enroll in the college of liberal arts at International Christian University in Tokyo from next April after she quit Gakushuin University, also in the Japanese capital, in August.
Asked about her decision to change schools, the princess said she decided to study at ICU because of its good liberal arts education.