Princess Mako of Japan leaving royal family to marry

Princess Mako the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko will forsake her royalty to marry fiancé Kei Komuro a commoner she met at International Christian University in Tokyo

Japanese princess gives up her royal status to marry a piano-loving commoner she fell for because of his 'bright smiles like the sun'

The Imperial Household said that Komuro was a student at the International Christian University in Tokyo, which Princess Mako also attended.

Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Japanese Emperor Akihito, will Wednesday a former classmate, the Imperial Household said on Sunday, confirming a marriage that will further deplete the royal family since she must become a commoner.

Talking to the press, the couple gushed about their relationship by comparing it to that of the sun and moon. The couple started dating even before they went overseas and continued their communication after. The princess said to journalists both she and Komuro have been courting from the beginning with future marriage in mind. Princess Mako is the first of the Imperial House's four grandchildren to get engaged. The decision would mean that the princess will lose her royal status.

Initially enamored by his scintillating smile, she later became attracted to his earnest nature and his attitude of working hard at life with good faith and a strong will. The two began dating before Princess Mako went overseas to study. They kept in touch after going overseas. It can be recalled that last 2005, her aunt Sayako, the only daughter of the current Emperor also did the same.

Mako said she felt truly happy when he proposed a marriage in late 2013, while Komuro said he was aware of the responsibility that entails and expressed his desire to create a harmonious family. She is the aunt of Princess Mako. Based on existing laws, female members of the imperial family must give up their status should they marry a commoner. His duties include translating contracts from Japanese into English.

Komuro is now working in a law firm while studying business law at Hitotsubashi University.

His same age, same university former classmate Yutaro Fujiyama, discussing Kei's helping nature with Japan Times told, "For my birthday party when I was an ICU freshman, Komuro made us feel relaxed by bringing in a pizza topped with a heap of meat".

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