It’s going to be a historic press conference.
On the afternoon of October 26, the day of their wedding, the Imperial Household Agency announced that a press conference will be held at a hotel in Tokyo for Mako and Kei Komuro, the eldest daughter of the Akishino family.
The Imperial Heir apparent of the Imperial Household Agency will lead the press conference, and in addition to the Imperial Press Association, which is in charge of reporting for the Imperial Household Agency, reporters from the Japan Magazine Association and the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan will also attend as representatives. The filming was said to be done by representatives of the respective organizations.
The media was surprised by this. Until now, it had been assumed that the press conference between the two would be held in the traditional style of the Imperial Family, with pre-recorded and pre-asked questions.
However, the fact that the press conference was open to the public, and that even representatives of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan and the Magazine Association of Japan were allowed to attend, must be called unusual.
“In this kind of situation, the foreign media’s questions tend to be unpredictable in a good way. In addition to questions about the Komuro family’s financial troubles, they are also expected to ask questions about his mother, Kayo, who was not supposed to be at the wedding press conference.
The key point is to what extent the Imperial Household Agency, which is in charge of the press conference, will tolerate this. It will be difficult to control the situation, as it would have the opposite effect if it were stopped. There is a possibility that it will be a ‘serious’ press conference like those of celebrities.
The location of the press conference is a hotel in Tokyo, not a facility related to the Imperial Family. The location of the press conference is a hotel in Tokyo, not a facility related to the Imperial Family. In today’s Internet society, even ordinary people can easily be identified, and there is a possibility that people will gather around the venue on the day of the press conference, causing great confusion.
“Since there had just been a protest march against marriage, the security on the day of the event would probably be quite large. I hope nothing happens…” (Wide show insider)
It is said that the reason behind this unusual measure is the “determination” of Prince Akishino, Mako’s father. One Imperial Household Agency alumnus said.
One Imperial Household Agency alumnus said, “He was opposed to the idea of marrying without the public’s approval, but in the end he gave in. If that is the case, he may have wanted the two of them to settle their differences at last. Rather than congratulating her, he seems to have shunned her because he feels ashamed as a father and as a member of the Imperial Family.
This is because he feels ashamed as both a father and a member of the Imperial Family.
On the other hand, there are reports that it was Mako, of all people, who rejected the “planned harmony. Upon her marriage to Mr. Komuro, Mako declined to participate in the Nousai-no-gi ceremony, which is equivalent to the traditional ceremony of tying the knot, as well as the payment of a lump-sum payment after she leaves the imperial family. This was not because she was forced to do so by public opinion, but because of her own intentions.
“Mako is a woman with a single-minded focus, and she calculates the future. On the other hand, it is said that Mr. Komuro is following Mako’s advice.
If the press conference ends in a harmonious manner, there is a possibility that the public’s headwind will become even stronger. The only thing that worries me is the health of Princess Mako, who has been diagnosed with complex PTSD, but I think the two of them are planning to overcome this difficult situation together.
In the 28-page A4 document released by Mr. Komuro in April, Mako was proactively involved in finding a solution to the financial problems facing the Komuro family. In November of last year, through the Imperial Household Agency
“Marriage is a choice that we need to make in order to live our lives while carefully protecting our own hearts.
The fact that he made the unusual comment, “Marriage is a necessary choice for us to live our lives while protecting our own hearts,” last November shows his extraordinary determination to marry.
Currently, Mr. Komuro is still staying at his apartment in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, after completing his isolation period. According to some reports, he is repeating questions and answers in preparation for the press conference.
“He has not met with Mako in person since returning to Japan, but they continue to communicate via SNS and phone. It may be that Mako is lecturing him on how to answer questions.
What will the two talk about at the press conference of the century? What will they say at the press conference of the century? The whole of Japan will be watching.
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