Future Princess Casts Her Last Vote With AM-Japan-Election, Bjt
TOKYO (AP) _ Sunday’s election probably was the last for college student Kiko Kawashima. The 23-year-old will lose her eligibility to vote when she marries Emperor Akihito’s younger son this spring.
The future princess cast her ballot at a polling center near the prestigious Gakushuin University, where she is studying post-graduate level pyschology and where her father teaches economics.
After choosing one of the eight parliamentary candidates in her home district’s hotly contested race, Miss Kawashima turned to a crowd of reporters and photographers, bowed and quickly left.
By law, members of Japan’s royal family are not allowed to vote in elections or run for public office.
Miss Kawashima, who has won many admirers with her gentle, polite demeanor and warm smile, is to marry Prince Aya, 24, in late June. Aya is second in line to the throne.