Princess Mako to marry ‘Prince of the Sea’

New Straits Times - - World -

TOKYO: Princess Mako, the grand­daugh­ter of Ja­pan’s em­peror, is get­ting mar­ried to an ocean lover who can ski, play the vi­o­lin and cook, ac­cord­ing to pub­lic broad­caster NHK TV.

The Im­pe­rial House­hold Agency de­clined to con­firm the re­port yes­ter­day.

Kei Ko­muro, the man who won the princess’ heart, was a fel­low student at In­ter­na­tional Christian Uni­ver­sity here, where Mako, 25, also grad­u­ated, NHK said.

They met at a res­tau­rant in Shibuya here about five years ago at a party to talk about study­ing abroad, and they have gone on sev­eral dates re­cently, it said.

Ko­muro has worked as “Prince of the Sea” to pro­mote tourism to the beaches of Sho­nan in Kana­gawa pre­fec­ture, the re­port said.

Women can’t suc­ceed to the Chrysan­the­mum Throne in Ja­pan. Mako’s fa­ther and her younger brother are in line to suc­ceed Em­peror Ak­i­hito, but af­ter her un­cle Crown Prince Naruhito, who is first in line.

Once she mar­ries, Mako will no longer be a princess and will be­come a com­moner.

But 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.

First there will be an an­nounce­ment, the equiv­a­lent of an en­gage­ment, and then a date for the wed­ding will be picked and the cou­ple will make a for­mal re­port to the em­peror and em­press. NHK said Mako has al­ready in­tro­duced Ko­muro to her par­ents, and they ap­prove. AP

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