TOKYO: Japan’s Princess Mako and her fiancé — a commoner — announced their engagement Sunday (Sep 3), a match which will cost the princess her royal status according to a law that highlights the male-dominated nature of Japan’s monarchy. Princess Mako — Emperor Akihito’s eldest granddaughter — and her fiance Kei Komuro, during a press conference to announce their engagement in Tokyo AFP/Shizuo Kambayashi Like all female imperial family members, Mako, who is Emperor Akihito’s eldest granddaughter, forfeits her status upon marriage to a commoner under a controversial tradition. The law does not apply to royal males. But at a televised press conference held to announce her engagement, she told the nation that she felt “really happy”. “I’ve been aware since childhood that I would leave royal status once I marry,” she said. “While I worked to help the emperor and fulfill duties as a royal family member as much as I can, I’ve been cherishing my own life.” Her fiancé, Kei Komuro, a telegenic 25-year-old who works at a law firm and once won a tourism promotion contest to be crowned “Prince… Read full this story
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