The School is saddened to learn of the death of His Imperial Highness Prince Takahito Mikasa, who passed away on 27 October 2016.
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.
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.
From 1954 onwards, Prince Mikasa directed the Japanese Society for Middle East Studies. He was Honorary President of the Japan Society of Orientology and 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.