Japanese Princess Mako to marry commoner boyfriend on October 26

Tokyo: Japanese Princess Mako will marry her fiance, a former college classmate, on October 26, after years of intense scrutiny and criticism that cast her engagement in an unflattering light.

The 29-year-old niece of Emperor Naruhito became engaged to Kei Komuro, 29, in 2017, and the two initially captivated the public with their smiles at each other in a news conference to announce the event.

But tabloid reports soon emerged about a financial argument between Komuro’s mother and her former fiance, and early in 2018 the marriage was postponed. In August that year Komuro departed to attend law school in the United States and didn’t return until Monday.

Japan’s Princess Mako surprised many when she announced her engagement to commoner Kei Komuro in 2017. Credit:AP

The Imperial Household Agency, which runs the lives of the royal family, made the announcement of the wedding date at a news conference on Friday afternoon.

They also said the princess is experiencing from a form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Kyodo news agency reported – echoing the situation of Empress Masako, who for years has struggled with what has been termed an “adjustment disorder”.

Mako will leave the royal family upon her marriage, as is customary. None of the ceremonies that usually join a royal marriage will take place and the princess will forgo a one-off payment of 110 million Japanese Yen ($1.4 million) to which she is entitled, media reports have said.


The associate will register their marriage at a local government office, with records of the imperial family modificated to mirror that Princess Mako has left it.

The controversy over the pair’s marriage started when a tabloid reported claims by a former fiance of Komuro’s mother that the mother and son had failed to repay a debt of about $48,000. Komuro has said his mother’s former fiance provided the money as a gift, not a loan.

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