His Imperial Highness Prince Takahito Mikasa was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from SOAS in 1994 following his lifetime's pursuit of academia. In 1975 he was appointed Visiting Professor at SOAS.
The oldest living member of Japan's Imperial family, Prince Mikasa served as a junior cavalry officer in the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. After the war he enrolled in the literature faculty of Tokyo University and pursued advanced studies in archaeology, Middle Eastern studies, and Semitic languages.
Since 1954 Prince Mikasa has directed the Japanese Society for Middle East Studies. He is Honorary President of the Japan Society of Orientology and has held visiting and guest faculty appointments in middle Eastern studies and Archaeology at a number of Universities in Japan and elsewhere including the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo Christian Women's University, the University of Hokkaido and the University of Shizuoka.
In 1991, he was appointed as a foreign associate of the Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-lettres.