Japanese princess engaged to college love; wedding next year

Princess Mako the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko will forsake her royalty to marry fiancé Kei Komuro a commoner she met at International Christian University in Tokyo

Princess Mako the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko will forsake her royalty to marry fiancé Kei Komuro a commoner she met at International Christian University in Tokyo

Japan's Princess Mako and her fiancé - a commoner - announced their engagement yesterday, a match which will cost the princess her royal status according to a law that highlights the male-dominated nature of Japan's monarchy. Her marriage to Kei Komuro will mean that the princess will lose her royal status; under Japanese law, female imperial family members forfeit their status upon marriage to a commoner, whereas male members do not.

Japanese Emperor Akihito's oldest grandchild, Princess Mako, 25, said on Sunday she will marry Kei Komuro, who she met while the pair were classmates at Tokyo's International Christian University.

Princess Mako said she was initially attracted by Kei Komuro's "bright smile like a sun".

"I hope I can create a warm and comfortable family that is filled with smiles", Princess Mako said.

Following the wedding, Princess Mako is expected to continue her job as a researcher at a museum at the University of Tokyo.

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Their slow-burning relationship gave her time to learn that Komuro is 'a honest, strong-minded, hard worker, and he has a big heart, ' Mako said. But the report about the engagement and Princess Mako renouncing her royal status did not make headlines right away until earlier this year.

He also revealed that he actually proposed way back in December 2013 by saying: "Let's get married in the future".

The Imperial Household Agency first said there were plans underway for the couple's engagement.

They met about five years ago and it is believed that the princess has already introduced Komuro to her father, Prince Akishino, the younger brother of Crown Prince Naruhito. The news was initially expected in July, but was postponed after a rain disaster in western Japan. Japan's Imperiale family was started with wartime emperor Hirohito (1901-1989) and Empress Nagako (1903-2000). Komuro responded, "Princess Mako quietly looks over me like the moon". Komuro and Mako will have to go through several more rites until the wedding, which will be 2018, the same year as her grandfather will relinquish the throne.

His eldest son, Drown Prince Naruhito will take over the position.

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