Japan's Princes Mako announces engagement to commoner giving up royal status

Japan's Princes Mako announces engagement to commoner giving up royal status

The pair, both 25, graduated from Tokyo's International Christian University. Along those lines, Komuro's proposal was reportedly, "Let's get married in the future".

Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Japanese Emperor Akihito, will Wednesday a former classmate, the Imperial Household said on Sunday, confirming a marriage that will further deplete the royal family since she must become a commoner.

A Japanese princess must leave the royal because she plans to marry her former classmate who is a commoner.

The two 25-year-olds have been engaged since 2013, though the public didn't know about it until this year.

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. He in turn said she's been "quietly watching over me like the moon". Kei reportedly proposed to Mako back in 2013, but the princess's grandfather, Emperor Akihito, did not officially approve the engagement until September 3.

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In 2016, 83-year-old Emperor Akihito announced publicly that poor health following heart surgery and prostate cancer had made him unfit to properly fulfill his duties as emperor of the country. "It would be nice to have a warm and comfortable household with Mr. Komuro, so that we can make a family full of smiles". The report says that announcement was originally expected in July, but was delayed due to a rain disaster hit western Japan.

According to NHK, the wedding between the Princess and Komuro is expected to take place next year. If he does, he will become the first emperor to be a part of a grandchild's marriage ceremony in modern Japan.

Komuro is now working in a law firm while studying business law at Hitotsubashi University.

Under a controversial Japanese law, female imperial family members forfeit their royal status upon marrying a commoner, but oddly, men do not. His eldest son Crown Prince Naruhito would assume the throne. She is the aunt of Princess Mako.

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.

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