Takahito, Prince Sumi, was born in Tokyo, Japan on December 2, 1915. He was the son of then-Emperor Yoshihito and then-Empress Sadako.
Sumi attended Gakushuin from 1922 to 1932. By the time he began secondary education, his older brother had already succeeded to the throne as the Emperor of Japan. Like his brothers, Sumi served in the Japanese military.
After reaching the age of majority, the Emperor granted Sumi the title of Prince Mikasa. Mikasa served in World War II, eventually being promoted to major in 1941.
Mikasa married Yuriko Takagi on October 22, 1941. They had five children: Yasuko, who married Tadateru Konoe, brother of Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa; Tomohito, who married Nobuko Aso, sister of Prime Minister Taro Aso and granddaughter of Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida; Yoshihito, who was created Prince Katsura; Masako, who married Soshitsu Sen; and Norihito, who was created Prince Takamado and married Hisako Tottori.
After Japan was defeated in World War II, on February 27, 1946, Mikasa urged his brother the Emperor to abdicate the throne so that he can accept responsibility. However, the Emperor retained the throne due to Douglas MacArthur's statement.
Mikasa enrolled in the Literature Faculty of the University of Tokyo and studied archeology and Middle Eastern studies and languages.
On December 2, 2015, Mikasa reached the age of 100, the first member of the Imperial family to do so.
On May 16, 2016, Mikasa was admitted to Saint Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo for acute pneumonia. He and his wife celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on October 22 while he was undergoing treatment.
Takahito, Prince Mikasa, died at around 8 AM on October 27 at the age of 100. All of his siblings and his three sons predeceased him. At the time of his death, he was the last surviving grandson of Emperor Meiji. His funeral was held on November 4. He is buried at Toshimagaoka Imperial Cemetery in Tokyo.
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