Japanese Princess Mako to Get Engaged to Ex-Classmate (News)


Tokyo, May 16 (Jiji Press)—Princess Mako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, is set to be engaged to a former classmate at her university, it was learned Tuesday.

Princess Mako waves to well-wishers from the balcony of the Imperial Palace on Emperor Akihito’s eighty-third birthday in Tokyo, December 23, 2016. (© Jiji)

The man who won the heart of the 25-year-old princess is Komuro Kei, 25, who works for a law firm in Tokyo, the Imperial Household Agency said, confirming a media report on her planned engagement.

Komuro Kei at his office in Tokyo on May 17 (© Jiji)

After the engagement is officially announced, a wedding ceremony will be held after betrothal and other procedures, sources familiar with the matter said.

Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, is set to leave the imperial family after marriage, because the Imperial House Law stipulates that a female member of the family loses her status when she marries a person outside the family.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday night, Yamamoto Shin’ichirō, grand steward of the agency, said the agency was planning to announce her envisaged engagement at an appropriate time.

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