Crown Prince of Japan reveals HE decided his daughter Princess Mako shouldn’t have a traditional Shinto wedding due to husband’s financial scandal – and wishes couple ‘all the best’ despite not attending ceremony

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  • Japan’s Crown Prince Fumihito slams media coverage of daughter’s wedding
  • Princess Mako gave up her title after marrying commoner Kei Komuro last month
  • Couple, now in New York, subjected to ‘horrific’ comments, says her father
  • Prince Fumihito says ‘slander’ about family should not be ‘reinstated’

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The Crown Prince of Japan has revealed that he decided that his daughter Princess Mako should not perform any traditional wedding rites due to the scandal surrounding her new husband’s finances.

Mako, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of incumbent Emperor Naruhito, gave up her royal title last month to marry ‘general’ Kei Komuro in a small civil ceremony without traditional Shinto customs.

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The couple has since moved to a one-bedroom apartment in New York, where Komuro works as a lawyer.

Crown Prince Fumihito, 56, said in statements published today that he made a ‘decision call’ that the day should be held without ceremony because of public unrest about his son-in-law’s financial history.

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Mako, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of incumbent Emperor Naruhito, gave up her royal title last month to marry ‘general’ Kei Komuro in a small civil ceremony without traditional Shinto customs. Her father reveals it was her decision

There is controversy about whether Komuro’s mother owes her former fiancée money. She claims that he gave her an amount for her son’s education as a gift, adding that it was a loan that was not paid.

After announcing his engagement to Mako, Komuro published a statement defending himself, but it is still unclear whether the dispute has been fully resolved. It’s not even enough to win over the Japanese public.

In footage released today, Fumihito said that his daughter wanted to address the issue at a news conference on their wedding day, but withdrew for mental health reasons.

“Until the last minute, Mako wanted the press conference to be two-way, but it was difficult because of his complicated PTSD,” the crown prince said. And directly answer questions about your family’s financial troubles.

Japan's crown prince has slammed coverage of his daughter's recent wedding, saying

Japan’s crown prince has slammed coverage of his daughter’s recent wedding, saying “horrible” things have been written on social media and in mainstream news.

Instead the couple read a pre-prepared statement and provided written answers to five questions submitted in advance by members of the media.

Fumihito said that he wished his daughter the best for her new life in America on her wedding day and decided it would be the best thing for her.

The prince also hinted that the royal family may take action against news outlets publishing false information about their members in the future.

“If you read the tabloids, well – I’m not sure how to say that – but there are a lot of things that are fabricated, although there are also some opinions that we should listen to,” Akishino said. The relationship between media coverage and his daughter’s diagnosis.

Although Japan was fascinated when Mako and Komuro, whom she met at university, announced their engagement in 2017, the scandal’s revelations sparked intense media scrutiny and criticism.

Akishino said, ‘As for articles on the Internet, there are also a lot of comments … and some of them say really terrible things.

Referring to recent cases of suicides by Japanese celebrities following campaigns of criticism on social media, he said: ‘There are people who have been deeply hurt by this kind of slander on the Internet and there are people who have lost their lives as a result.

‘Condemnation, words that deeply hurt people, should not be tolerated anywhere: on the Internet or in magazines.’

Some royal observers said that the uproar over Mako’s wedding, which also sparked protests against the wedding, may have been eased with more efficient handling by the Royal Household Agency (IHA), which runs the family’s life. Indicates how similar events are handled by royals overseas.

The prince revealed that he sent Mako off on her wedding day with best wishes for her new life in the United States, as the couple decided 'it was the best thing for them'.  In the picture, Mako says goodbye to her family, before her wedding service.

The prince revealed that he sent Mako off on her wedding day with best wishes for her new life in the United States, as the couple decided ‘it was the best thing for them’. In the picture, Mako says goodbye to her family, before her wedding service.

The Crown Prince with his wife, daughters Mako (left) and Kiko (right) and son Hisahito in 2011

The Crown Prince with his wife, daughters Mako (left) and Kiko (right) and son Hisahito in 2011

Pictured: Mako bows as she departs from the Akasaka estate before her wedding to Kei Komuro on October 26, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan

Pictured: Mako bows as she departs from the Akasaka estate before her wedding to Kei Komuro on October 26, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan

Akishino said the IHA sometimes corrects ‘incorrect’ information on its website but implied more may be needed.

“If you are going to argue against an article, you have to set reasonable standards and then protest when they are exceeded,” he said.

‘Negative coverage may continue, so I think it is necessary to consider setting such standards in consultation with the IHA.’

Currently, family members are generally expected to tolerate any criticism with little public grievance.

Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino (center, with son Hisahito, left, and daughter Kako, right) criticized his daughter Mako’s marriage to a non-royal, which took place in New York last month.

Crown Prince Akishino has said that members of the Japanese royal family should be allowed to retreat against excessive attacks against them

Crown Prince Akishino has said that members of the Japanese royal family should be allowed to retreat against excessive attacks against them

Although Japan appears to be modern in many ways, values ​​regarding family relations and the status of women are often seen as archaic and rooted in feudal practices.

Such views were pronounced in the public’s reaction to the wedding. Some Japanese feel that they have a right in such matters because taxpayers’ money supports the royal family system.

Other princesses have married commoners and left the palace. But Mako is the first to have sparked such a public protest, including a frenzied reaction on social media and…

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