The the first child and oldest daughter of Fumihito, Prince Akishino and Kiko, Princess Mako Akishino of Japan’s emperor is set to be engaged to a former classmate at her university and is expected to marry next year.
The prospective fiance was identified as Kei Komuro, who lives in Yokohama and was a student at International Christian University in Tokyo.
According to public broadcaster NHK, the Imperial Household Agency later confirmed the report and said Komuro is a 25-year-old graduate student at Tokyo’s Hitotsubashi University and also works at a law firm.
Princess Mako met Komuro about five years ago through a friend at International Christian University, which they both attended, and later accepted a marriage proposal from him.
The princess has already introduced Komuro to Prince Akishino, who is the younger brother of Crown Prince Naruhito.
Once married, the princess would be obliged to leave the Imperial family, as stipulated by the Imperial House Law.
Mako’s father and her younger brother are in line to succeed Emperor Akihito, after her uncle Crown Prince Naruhito, who is first in line. Even though she will seize been a princess, the process building up to the wedding is likely to take some time and be full of ritual, as Japanese nuptials, especially royal ones, tend to be.
, she became the first member of the Japanese imperial family to attend university, according to Mainichi. As part of her arts and cultural property studies, she attended the University of Edinburgh in Scotland on an exchange.
Having finished at ICU, Princess Make returned to Britain where she gained a masters in art museum and gallery studies from the University of Leicester in January 2016. She is currently working as an affiliate researcher the University Museum of the University of Tokyo whilst combining a doctorate programme at ICU.
The Princess marriage will promote public debate over whether women should be allowed to retain Imperial status after marriage and whether women should be allowed to rise to the throne.
Source: NHK/ japantimes