Published: Tue, September 05, 2017
Economy | By Guillermo Lane

Japanese Princess is giving up her royal title for love

Japanese Princess is giving up her royal title for love

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.

Princess Mako and her fiance Kei Komuro exchanged smiles whenever their eyes met during a press conference following the announcement of their informal engagement on September 3, as they likened each other to the sun and moon.

After the close of the conference, the couple dined at the Akasaka Estate with Princess Mako's parents, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and Komuro's 51-year-old mother, Kayo.

A JAPANESE princess has announced she will ditch her royal status to marry a "commoner" she met at university.

"I hope I can create a warm and comfortable family that is filled with smiles", Princess Mako said.

Princess Mako revealed that they talked for the first time at an event for students ahead of a study-abroad program in Shibuya, Tokyo about five years ago. Both of them was in a long distance relationship while studying overseas, Mako in Britain and Komuro in the USA for one year.

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Sacrificing her royal status just for love, Japan's Princess Mako has publicly declared her engagement to a common man.

The Imperial Household Agency first said there were plans underway for the couple's engagement.

However, the legislation only applies to Akihito and does not mention what happens to women in the imperial family after they are married. He also added that he proposed to her in December 2013. But official sources have confirmed that it delayed after a rain disaster hit western Japan. In this ceremony, Komuro's messenger will announce the wedding date.

As for marrying an imperial family member, Komuro said, "I recognize seriously that I bear a grave responsibility".

The public broadcaster NHK said that the marriage is expected to take place in 2018. The Imperial family will witness the first wedding since 2014. Yet Crown Prince Naruhito has no sons, meaning that the succession would pass on to his younger brother Akishino, Princess Mako's father.

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