Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino, and Kei Komuro are set to enter into marriage before the end of this year.
It’s been about four years since their unofficial engagement press conference in September 2005. It was supposed to be a straightforward marriage, but their future took a dark turn when Komuro’s mother, Kayo, was found to be in financial trouble.
The couple was subjected to intense bashing. The couple’s love for each other never wavered and finally came to fruition.
Mako left the imperial family without performing the “Nousai Ceremony,” which is generally considered to be a form of betrothal. Mako is said to have left the imperial family without performing the “noukai ceremony,” which is the traditional ceremony of tying the knot. Her father, Prince Akishino, is said to have approved of these plans.
“His father, Prince Akishino, is said to have approved these plans. This is an unprecedented situation. At his birthday press conference in November last year, Prince Akishino stated that since marriage between a man and a woman is guaranteed by the Constitution, it cannot be stopped.
On the other hand, since the couple did not perform the traditional ceremonial “nouai” ceremony of the imperial family, it was almost like “eloping. After the marriage, there will probably be no family relations between the Akishino and Komuro families at all.
It is easy to imagine that Prince Akishino had to make a difficult decision, but the Imperial Household Agency is in a welcoming mood. A former employee of the Imperial Household Agency said.
A man who worked at the Imperial Household Agency said, “Not a few people were swept away by the Komuro issue. I think the real feeling is, ‘It’s finally over…'”
He said. However, it is by no means certain that the public has been convinced.
The financial issue between Ms. Kayo and her former fiancé remains unresolved. Although Ms. Komuro’s side has proposed a settlement, no specific amount or deadline for payment has been given.
Some people are even worried that she is planning to “step over the line. In addition to the above, there have been a series of news stories about Kayo that have raised concerns about her as a potential bride for Princess Mako, such as allegations of fraudulent receipt of the survivor’s pension and “industrial accident problems” with the confectionery store where she works.
In order to quell the public’s anxiety, the Imperial Household Agency has stated that it will set up a place for Mr. Komuro and Princess Mako to explain the situation at an appropriate time.
“Of course, it won’t be a ‘hanging press conference’ like the one held by Ken Anjash Watabe, who was burned by reports of infidelity. If a press conference were to be held, it would be limited to members of the Imperial Household Agency Press Club. If a press conference were to be held, it would probably be full of thoughtful questions, because it would be impossible to hold a press conference without a sense of respect for the Imperial Family.
At press conferences related to the Imperial Family, the organizing company gathers questions from member companies and asks the other party a few days before the conference. Extreme questions or questions that the members do not wish to be asked are rejected in advance. In this way, most of the press conferences of the Imperial Family are held in a kind of “harmony of schedule.
“In other words, even if they did hold a press conference, they wouldn’t be able to ask any penetrating questions about her inner life. Even if they do hold a press conference, I’m sure they won’t ask any penetrating questions about Kayo’s past or the recent reports in the weekly magazines. I think it will be a farce of a press conference with only the answers prepared in advance.
In other words, all they have to do is to make a good name for themselves by saying, “We have a place to explain to the people. According to a source at a TV show
“But they haven’t decided to hold a press conference yet. It is Mr. Komuro’s side that is expressing reluctance, and the date of his return to Japan has not yet been decided. They are still working out the details with the Imperial Household Agency.
So they say. Despite this happy news, the mood is far from welcoming. “I hope that the farce of a press conference will not add fuel to the fire…
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