Japanese Princess Mako is due to marry her longtime partner, Kei Komuro, who is “the man of the people” at the end of the year. At the time of marriage to a person outside the imperial court, she will lose her right to the throne and cease to be a princess. To help her survive outside the imperial family, the government offered Mako 150 million yen (over PLN 5 million). The princess, however, will refuse this help, reports the British daily The Times.
The couple plans to get married during an intimate ceremony. Mako, the niece of the Emperor of Japan, will be the first Japanese princess in modern times to abandon the Shinto ceremony.
Moving to the United States
After getting married, they plan to move to the United States, as Komuro would like to work in one of the New York law firms.
The couple met in one of Tokyo’s restaurants in 2012. They were both students at the International Christian University at the time. They announced their engagement in 2017.
Earlier, Mako introduced her beloved to her parents and received a blessing from them. The wedding was delayed because the financial problems of the future princess’ mother-in-law were revealed.
Komuro’s mother paid, among others, a loan she took out to finance her son’s studies. Mako’s parents made it a condition that as long as this problem is not resolved, the preparations for the wedding cannot start.
Mako will lead an “ordinary” life, like the daughter of the previous emperor, Sayako Kurodakao. In 2005, she married a city clerk.
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