Japan's Princess Mako announces she'll marry a commoner

Lucy Hill
September 5, 2017

The two first met in 2012 at a student exchange program information session held in a classroom at International Christian University in the Tokyo suburb of Mitaka, where they were both students in the same year.

Japan's Princess Mako will not have her title much longer.

Those who are concerned about the future of the royal family want to allow women to succeed the throne and others to keep their royal status so they can keep performing public duties, but a government panel on the emperor's abdication avoided the divisive issue.

At a news conference on Sunday, September 3, the 25-year-old princess said, "First I was attracted by his bright smile".

Princess Mako said she had been preparing for the change of her rank since she was little. However, the formal announcement of Princess Mako's engagement is expected to reignite discussion of the matter-if only to prevent the end of the imperial line. Then Komuro proposed to her after dinner in December 2013.

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Japan's Princess Mako and her fiancé - a commoner - announced their engagement yesterday, a match which will cost the princess her royal status according to a law that highlights the male-dominated nature of Japan's monarchy.

"Together with Mr. Komuro, I would like to make a warm and peaceful family that is full of smiles", she added. But official sources have confirmed that it delayed after a rain disaster hit western Japan. The Japanese royal family has been dogged with controversy as women are not allowed to retain their Imperial status after marriage or ascend the throne, whereas male members can.

Emperor Akihito, 83, is planning on retiring from the royal throne in 2018.

Japan's Princess Mako got engaged to a commoner on Sunday.

The shrinking royal population, which mirrors the broader aging of Japanese society, has raised concerns that the prince may also be the last. The royal family last wedding ceremony saw Princess Noriko of the Imperial family marry Kunimaro Senge, the eldest son of the chief priest of Izumo Taisha, a Shinto shrine. Of his dreams and aspirations, Komuro said, "Right now, it is important to take on the challenges of work and study in front of me". She has a master's degree from the University of Leicester and has been working as a researcher at a museum.

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