Princess Mako of Japan will leave royal family to marry university boyfriend

Dianna Christensen
September 5, 2017

The Imperial House Law states that female members of the Imperial family must renounce their royal status upon marriage to a commoner.

Mako and her fiancé Kei Komuro, both 25, shared in a news conference the origin of their love story: the moment the princess sat behind the jazz piano-loving legal assistant in class five years ago.

The princess said that she will marry Kei Komuro, who was a classmate of hers at Tokyo's International Christian University.

"Having a family still goes beyond my imagination, but I hope to make one that is warm, comfortable and filled with smiles", Mako said.

The Princess graduated from university with a master's degree in art museum and gallery studies and now works as a researcher at a museum at the University of Tokyo. However, news of the engagement - and Mako giving up her royal status - didn't make headlines until earlier this year. Komuro, who is now working at a law firm while studying, proposed to the princess after dinner in December 2013. The formal announcement, that stunned all, was released by Japan's Imperial Household Agency on Sunday.

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In a televised conference he described the princess as someone who quietly watched over him "like the moon".

The announcement was originally expected in July, but was not made due to a rain disaster in the country.

The announcement had originally been planned for July but the couple chose to postpone it out of consideration for a southern region hit by heavy rains and flooding in the month. She is the aunt of Princess Mako.

Komuro added that he was thankful and happy to have been accepted by her parents, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and her grandparents, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Because of her abdication, the princess will become the 8 member o the Imperial family to give up royal status in order to marry since World War II.

The public broadcaster NHK said that the marriage is expected to take place in 2018. The same law does not apply to male members of the family and has always been a source of controversy for the Japanese imperial family. 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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