After his name was called out

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Prince Hisahito graduates from elementary school in Tokyo

Provided by The Asahi Shimbun AJW

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With a smile and a message about teamwork, Prince Hisahito, third in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne, graduated from Ochanomizu University Elementary School in Tokyo on March 15.

Hisahito, 12, the son of Prince Fumihito and Princess Kiko and the only grandson of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, will enter Ochanomizu University Junior High School in April.

Fumihito, the younger brother of Crown Prince Naruhito, and Kiko attended the graduation ceremony in Bunkyo Ward.

After his name was called out, Hisahito said in a strong voice, Yes, sir, and accepted his certificate.

When he was being congratulated by reporters, the young prince said, Thank you very much, while smiling together with his parents.

The Imperial Household Agency on the same day disclosed that Hisahito had written, Human beings are living in the world of nature, as his graduation message that carried his signature.

The agency also released details of his essay titled, Six years at Ochasho, using the shortened name for the school.

In the essay, Hisahito mentioned the importance of working in a group, keeping pace with everyone else and collaborating with each other.

He wrote that he researched the histories and locally produced items of cities, towns and villages in Tokyo.

I found out the importance of explaining things clearly by listening to my friends presentations and having discussions, he wrote.

Hisahito concluded the essay with, From now on, I want to continue living my life while valuing what I am interested in.

Fumihito and Kiko jointly released a statement to mark their sons graduation: We think that (he) had a happy and fulfilling school life while being blessed with excellent friends and teachers.

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