Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Japan monarchy: Princess Mako Relinquish Her Royal Status

Japan monarchy: Princess Mako Relinquish Her Royal Status

The 25-year-old Mako's unofficial fiance, Kei Komuro, appeared before media cameras on Wednesday outside the Tokyo law office where he works, a day after the news of their engagement broke.

The Imperial Household told local media that plans were under way for the princess's engagement. "I would like to talk about it when the time comes", he said instead.

Yes, Princess Mako's aunt Princess Sayako married a commoner in 2005 - the first time a Japanese royal became a commoner.

The law does not apply to male royals, with Akihito and both his sons marrying commoners, who are now part of the monarchy. It means, in the future, it would be tough for the royal family to carry out their duties.

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However, the new legislation is expected to leave unchanged a males-only succession law - which has been at the centre of debate for many years.

"The good news again underscores the challenge faced by the imperial family", the leading Asahi Shimbun said in a Thursday editorial.

Moreover, the imperial law allows only the male heir to ascend to the throne and now there are only three of them-Crown Prince Naruhito, his younger brother Crown Prince Akishino, and Akishino's son, Prince Hisahito.

"Did the panel consider if Princess Aiko married a man with blue eyes after falling in love when studying overseas and the possibility that their first child would become emperor?"

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There are only four heirs to the Chrysanthemum Throne: Akihito's sons Crown Prince Naruhito and Prince Fumihito, Prince Hisahito (Fumihito's son) and the emperor's younger brother, Prince Masahito.

Mako, 25, is the eldest child of Prince Akishino, Akihito's second son.

As her marriage approaches, Princess Mako must also visit the Three Palace Sanctuaries on the Imperial Palace grounds, as well as perform the rite "Choken no Gi", where she will officially greet Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko.

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