Princess Mako, Komuro express delight as they meet press for 1st time

According to NHK, considering the formalities and Mako belonging to the Imperial family, the wedding will likely take place next year.

Princess Mako and Komuro said they have dated for around five years since speaking to each other for the first time at a 2012 explanatory meeting for those planning to study overseas.

Princess Mako announced their engagement with a classmate.

They happened to sit nearby at a briefing session on the university’s student exchange program, and subsequently began dating. However, at the request of her parents Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, who supported Princess Mako’s relationship with Komuro, the bodyguards tried to keep a distance from the couple by blending into the crowd. The princess studied at a graduate school in Britain from September 2014.

The princess works as a researcher at a Tokyo museum, while Komuro, a resident of Yokohama city, south of the capital, is a legal assistant and undertaking a Master’s degree in business law.

Following the upcoming marriage, Princess Mako will leave the Imperial Family.

Komuro proposed to Princess Mako in December 2013, saying, “Let’s marry in the future”.

‘Having a family still goes beyond my imagination, but I hope to make one that is warm, comfortable and filled with smiles, ‘ Princess Mako said.

Japan’s Princess Mako and her fiance – a commoner – announced their engagement Sunday, a match which will cost the princess her royal status according to a law that highlights the male-dominated nature of Japan’s monarchy.

On Sunday morning, Princess Mako introduced Komuro to the Emperor and Empress at the Imperial couple’s residence at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward.

As per reports, Mako was visibly happy after the enagagement.

But the announcement was postponed because heavy rain and flooding hit the northern part of the Kyushu region in early July, with Princess Mako and Komuro worrying about the situation in areas afflicted by the disaster and feeling sympathy for affected people.

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