Happy Birthday to Emperor Akihito of Japan, who turns 84 today! The eldest son of Emperor Hirohito and Empress Nagako, he was educated at the Peers’ School (Gakushūin) in Tokyo. In 1959, he married Michiko Shōda, the first time a commoner married into the Imperial Family, breaking more than 2,600 years of tradition. The couple have three children, Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino, and Mrs. Sayako Kuroda. He succeeded to the throne as the 125th Emperor of Japan in 1989, after the death of his father, as a constitutional monarch, having a strict traditional and highly respected role. Emperor Akihito is also a published ichthyological researcher. This year it has been announced that the Emperor will abdicate in April 2019, due to old age, and will retire from the public. I wish His Majesty a very Happy Birthday and many Happy Returns!