The daughter of Japan’s Crown Prince and Princess has been missing several school days over fear of “rowdy” boys at her elementary school, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday. Princess Aiko, 8, has suffered anxiety attacks and stomachaches due to this problem.
Issei Nomura, a top aide for Crown Prince Naruhito, said Aiko left Gakushuin Primary School early on Tuesday and has not been back since. Nomura explained that Gakushuin has learned that the students have been “treated harshly” by several boys. Those students include the Princess.
According to Kyodo News Agency, a school director told reporters Aiko had been frightened on Tuesday when one of the boys had run out of a classroom, which “must have reminded her of the rowdy behavior of several boys in the past, who may have thrown things and made her uneasy.”
Nomura also added that the Imperial Palace asked the school to deal with the matter.
This revelation may come as a surprise to some Japanese. Before World War II, the Imperial family were seen as deities. Princess Aiko’s great-grandfather, Emperor Hirohito, was at one point worshiped as a living god.