Princess Mako, a member of Japan’s royal family is to surrender her royal status for marrying a commoner. The 25-year-old eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito is set to engage a law firm worker Kei Komuro she met while studying together at the International Christian University in Tokyo.
Japan’s imperial law mandates a princess to leave the royal family after marrying a commoner. The move is expected to reignite debate on royal succession, with the emperor also possibly abdicating soon.
While speaking to local media, the Imperial Household said that plans were under way for the princess’s engagement which will only be official after a ceremonial exchange of gifts.
Public broadcaster NHK said the wedding is expected to take place sometime next year. Mr Komuro declined speaking on the issue saying: “Now is not the time for me to comment, but I want to speak at the right time.”