Princess Mako’s uncle, Crown Prince Naruhito, is the first in line to the throne to succeed Emperor Akihito, followed by her father and then her younger brother.
But she is not the first woman in her family to relinquish their royal status, all in the name of love.
In 2005, Princess Mako’s aunt, Sayako, the only daughter of Emperor Akihito, tied the knot with town planner Yoshiki Kuroda.
As for Komuro, he has said little about popping the question to the princess, telling reporters, “I would like to talk about it when the time comes.”
An announcement, the equivalent of an engagement, and a date for the wedding ceremony will be chosen, and then the couple will make a formal report to the emperor and empress.
NHK said that Princess Mako has already introduced Komuro to her parents, and they approve.
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