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The Kuni (久邇宮, Kuni-no-miya) (princely house) was the second oldest collateral branch (ōke) of the Japanese Imperial Family created from the Fushimi-no-miya, the oldest of the four branches of the imperial dynasty allowed to provide a successor to the Chrysanthemum throne should the main imperial line fail to produce an heir.

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Region of originJapan

The Kuni-no-miya house was formed in 1871 by Prince Asahiko, fourth son of Prince Fushimi Kuniye, an adopted son of Emperor Ninkō and later a close advisor to Emperor Kōmei and Emperor Meiji. He was great grandfather of the present Emperor of Japan, Emperor Akihito.

On October 14, 1947, Prince Kuni Asaakira and his children lost their imperial status and became ordinary citizens, as part of the American Occupation's abolishment of the collateral branches of the Japanese Imperial family.

The Kuni-no-miya palace was located in Azabu, Tokyo. The site is now occupied by the University of the Sacred Heart.

Name Born Succeeded Retired Died Notes
1 Prince Kuni Asahiko (久邇宮 朝彦親王, Kuni-no-miya Asahiko shinnō) 1824 1863 . 1891 became shinnō in 1871. Adopted son of Emperor Ninkō, fourth son of Prince Fushimi Kuniye.
2 Prince Kuni Kuniyoshi (久邇宮 邦彦王, Kuni-no-miya Kuniyoshi ō) 1873 1891 . 1929 father of Empress Kōjun
3 Prince Kuni Asaakira (久邇宮 朝融王, Kuni-no-miya Asaakira ō) 1901 1929 . 1959
4 Kuni Kuniaki (久邇 邦昭) 1929 1959 . .


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