Japan’s Princess Mako to give up one-off payment in controversial marriage

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The 29-year-old granddaughter of then-Emperor Akihito and her former college classmate Kei Komuro announced their engagement in 2017.

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But the next year the couple delayed their wedding, saying they had second thoughts about getting married so soon and needed more time to plan for their future together.

Imperial domestic sources told Granthshala that the postponement was due to a “lack of preparedness” at the time.

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Under centuries-old Japanese law, a marriage between a royal and a layman would require Princess Mako to give up her royal status.

Departing members are also entitled to a lump sum payment. Public broadcaster NHK and others said, however, that the government agreed that the princess would forgo payments of up to 150 million yen ($1.35 million), which would reduce her status for the royal family to marry commoners. leaves, public broadcaster NHK and others said.

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NHK said a wedding date could be announced in October.

Imperial Household Agency officials were not immediately available to comment.

A Japanese broadcaster, anticipating an impending wedding, recently tracked down Komuro in New York. She was shown wearing a ponytail, a detail that caused an uproar among some Japanese users on Twitter.

Media has said that the couple is planning to live in the United States.

Royal law allows the throne to be passed only to male heirs. Other unmarried princesses in the family will also lose their royal status if they marry commoners – a possibility that could leave the royal family without enough members to carry out their public duties.

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