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A palace official filed Mako and Kei Komuro’s marriage document on Tuesday morning, and it is now official, according to the Imperial Household Agency.
They will give comments at a news conference in the afternoon, but will not take questions, according to the agency, because Mako was afraid and uneasy about the questions that would be asked.
Mako is suffering from a sort of traumatic stress disorder that she developed after watching bad media coverage about their marriage, including attacks on Komuro, earlier this month, according to palace doctors.
There will be no wedding banquet, and the couple will have no further rites. According to the agency, their marriage is not widely publicized.
Mako, Emperor Naruhito’s niece, turned 30 three days before the wedding. She and Komuro were classmates at Tokyo’s International Christian University when they announced their plans to marry the following year in September 2017, but a financial issue arose two months later, and the wedding was postponed.
The question is whether the money his mother received from her ex-boyfriend was a loan or a gift. Mako’s father demanded clarification, and Komuro responded by writing a statement defending himself, but it is unclear whether the disagreement has been properly settled.
Komuro, 30, moved to New York to study law in 2018 and only returned to Japan this month. His ponytail attracted notice as a daring statement for someone marrying a princess from the imperial family’s tradition-bound family, and further added to the criticism.
Mako who is currently no longer a princess, has adopted her husband’s surname, a problem that most other Japanese women face because the law forbids married couples to use just one surname.
Mako has also turned down a dowry of 140 million yen (€1.06 million) for leaving the imperial family, according to palace authorities. She is the first member of the imperial family to marry a commoner without receiving the payment since World War II, and she chose to do so in response to criticism about her marrying a man some deem unworthy for the princess.
Mako had departed the palace on Tuesday morning 26th Oct, dressed in a beautiful pale blue gown and carrying a bouquet. Outside the residence, she bowed to her parents, Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, as well as her sister Kako, and the sisters hugged.
The Imperial House Law stipulates that only males can succeed to the throne. When female members of the royal family marry a commoner citizen, they must forfeit their royal status, which has resulted in the royal family’s number shrinking and a scarcity of heirs to the throne this days.
Following Naruhito, only Akishino and his son, Prince Hisahito, are next for the throne. The Japanese monarchy is being discussed by a team of government-appointed specialists, but conservatives are still opposed to female succession or allowing female members to lead the imperial family in Japan.