Princess Mako is Japan’s princess, the granddaughter of a Japan’s emperor.
She is willing to give up her royal status just so she can marry an ocean-loving legal assistant who can play the violin, cook, and ski.
The Japanese nuptials are highly ritualized, particularly for members of royal family, and the wedding it likely to take some time.
A public announcement will come first, then a wedding date will be set. The couple will be required to make a formal report to the empress and emperor.
The man who won the princess’ heart spoke to reporters Wednesday, and his comments dominated national TV coverage though he gave very few details.
Kei Komuro said he is employed as a legal assistant and he said he has spoken with Mako, a fellow student at the International Christian University in Tokyo.
“When the right time comes, I’d like to talk about it.”
The couple, both 25 years old, met at a restaurant in Tokyo’s Shibuya about 5 years ago at a party to talk about studying abroad, and they have been dating several times a month.
Komuro was once tapped as “Prince of the Sea” to promote tourism to the beaches of Shonan in Kanagawa prefecture.
Women are unable to succeed to the Chrysanthemum Throne. Mako’s father and her younger brother are in line to succeed Emperor Akihito, but after her uncle Crown Prince Naruhito, who is first in line. Once she marries, Mako will no longer be a princess and will become a commoner.
A news outfit said Mako has already introduced Komuro to her parents, and they approve. A formal announcement could come as soon as next month, Japanese media said.
Akihito, 83, is the son of Hirohito, Japan’s emperor during World War II. Akihito expressed his desire to abdicate last year, and Japan has been preparing legislation especially for him so he can.
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