Princess Aiko to start working for Japanese Red Cross in April

Princess Aiko, the daughter of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, is set to start work at the Japanese Red Cross Society in April, after graduating from university.

The Imperial Household Agency announced on Monday that her work at the Red Cross, headquartered in Tokyo, will start on April 1. She is currently a fourth-year student at Gakushuin University.

The Red Cross has more than 60,000 employees and runs hospitals, blood centers and nurse training facilities across the country. Empress Masako is the honorary president of the organization.

Princess Aiko has been deeply engaged in welfare activities through her Imperial duties and her studies at the university. Last October, the Princess, together with the Emperor and Empress, visited the Red Cross to see an exhibit featuring relief efforts in the aftermath of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake.

Officials say such experiences pushed her to seek involvement in Red Cross activities. Details of her work at the organization have yet to be determined, but the officials say she will work as a contract employee to balance her work at the Red Cross and her Imperial duties.

Princess Aiko released a statement through an aide in which she says she is happy to be able to work for the Red Cross. She said she hopes to continue learning and work hard as a member of society.

The Emperor and the Empress issued a statement through an aide as well. They say they hope their daughter will grow through her work and do her best to help as many people as possible.