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Japan emperor's daughter Aiko turns 20, throne not in sight

Dec. 01, 2021 01:45 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Princess Aiko, the daughter of Emperor Naruhito, on Wednesday turned 20, ready for a debut as a new adult member to take a share of official duties for the royal family whose population continues to shrink under the male-only succession law. Aiko...

Japan crown prince says royals should refute extreme attacks

Nov. 30, 2021 02:00 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Crown Prince Akishino, the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito, has complained about harsh criticism of his daughter’s recent marriage and suggested that the imperial family should be allowed to refute false and extreme attacks. Currently,...

Japan's former princess leaves for US with commoner husband

Nov. 14, 2021 12:58 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese princess who gave up her royal status to marry her commoner college sweetheart arrived in New York on Sunday, as the couple pursued happiness as newlyweds and left behind a nation that has criticized their romance. The departure of Mako Komuro,...

Japan's Princess Mako marries commoner, loses royal status

Oct. 26, 2021 07:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Princess Mako quietly married a commoner without traditional wedding celebrations Tuesday and said their marriage — delayed three years and opposed by some — "was a necessary choice to live while cherishing our hearts.” The marriage to Kei...

Japan princess to wed commoner next month despite dispute

Oct. 01, 2021 04:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Princess Mako and her fiancé are tying the knot next month but no wedding ceremonies are planned. Their marriage is not fully supported by the public because of a financial dispute involving her future mother-in-law, the palace announced Friday....

Japanese princess's fiancé returns for delayed marriage

Sep. 27, 2021 06:36 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Princess Mako’s fiancé returned to Japan on Monday for their marriage, which was suspended for more than three years because of a financial dispute involving his mother. Kei Komuro, 29, arrived from New York, where he studied law and plans to...