TOKYO – A member of Japan’s royal family, Princess Mako, will surrender her royal status by marrying a commoner.
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The Imperial Household told local media that plans were under way for the engagement of Princess Mako, 25-year-old eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, with law firm worker Kei Komuro, also 25, whom she met while studying together.
Japan’s imperial law requires a princess to leave the royal family after marrying a commoner.
The move is expected to reignite debate on royal succession, with the emperor also possibly abdicating soon.
Princess Mako and Kei Komuro met in 2012 at a restaurant, when they were both studying at the International Christian University in Tokyo.
The engagement will only be official after a ceremonial exchange of gifts, local media said.
Public broadcaster NHK said the wedding is expected to take place next year.