In the years immediately after World War II, at the Peers' School in Tokyo, a Quaker teacher named Elizabeth Vining liked to give English names to her students, all children of the Japanese nobility.
"I was Eric," recalls Masao Oda, one of Vining's former pupils.
His roommate and classmate, a boy named Akihito, was given the name Jimmy. But Akihito pushed back.
"So he stood up and rejected this name given by Mrs. Vining, 'Jimmy,' " Oda recalls. " 'I'm not a Jimmy, I'm a crown prince,' he said."