The couple was originally supposed to get married back in 2018. A year before, the lovers had announced their engagement. However, the marriage never took place. Then the palace was assured that the breakdown of the marriage agreement was not related to the financial problems of the groom's family. Then it was noted that the family had difficulties with paying for their son's education. The mother asked her lover for money for training. He gave, but now asked to return. The groom's mother considers them a gift, while her lover considers them a loan.
Now the prince approved the marriage of his daughter with Komuro, but noted that in order to be satisfied with this union in Japan, the groom should solve his financial problems.
“The Constitution says that anyone can marry on the basis of mutual consent. If the children really want this, then I must respect their decision”, - commented the prince. He is quoted by the local agency Kyodonews.
Princess Mako is the eldest daughter of Prince Fumihito and Princess Kiko. She is not the first in the history of the imperial family to refuse the title in order to marry for love. In 2005, the sister of the current emperor Sayako Nori married Yoshiki Kuroda, having lost her honorary title. Princess Ayako Takamado, Emperor Akihito's cousin, also lost her title in 2018. She married her lover, the Japanese businessman Kei Moriya. When Princess Mako marries her classmate, she will lose her royal status and become a simple Japanese woman.
As an Air Force correspondent explains, before World War II, marriages of the imperial house of Japan were arranged on the basis of calculations with distant relatives, also belonging to the royal family, or with representatives of the aristocracy. However, after World War II, the aristocracy and the younger branches of the royal family were abolished. As a result, Japanese princesses had no choice but to marry ordinary Japanese, while losing their title.