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High-Profile People of 2017 Featured on “Hagoita” Paddles (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 6 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Princess Mako, her fiance-to-be Komuro Kei, teenage shōgi sensation Fujii Sōta, and seven other people who drew much public and media attention this year, as well as a giant panda cub at a Tokyo zoo are featured on colorful hagoita wooden paddles unveiled by Japanese traditional doll maker Kyūgetsu on Wednesday. The routine hagoita-unveiling event was held at…

Announcement of Princess Mako’s Informal Engagement Put Off (News)

Tokyo, July 7 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Imperial Household Agency said Friday it has decided to postpone the announcement of Princess Mako's informal engagement to former university classmate Komuro Kei and other related events scheduled for Saturday, in view of serious damage caused by heavy rain in the northern part of the Kyūshū region of southwestern Japan. The 25-year-old princess, the eldest o…

Princess Mako and the Future of the Imperial HouseholdNagai Takako

Word of Princess Mako’s impending engagement, followed by news of her successful trip to Bhutan, came like a breath of fresh air at a time when Emperor Akihito’s wish to abdicate has dominated media coverage of the imperial family. At the same time, the princess's transition embodies the quandary facing the shrinking imperial household, which loses a precious member each time a woman marries out of the family.

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,…

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