This Tuesday, the Japanese country is experiencing a historic moment. Princess Mako, granddaughter of the emperors emeritus and niece of Naruhito, to marry this Tuesday with Kei Komuro, a former commoner college companion for whom he renounces his royal title, his status and all the jewels that the imperial family has given him in his 30 years. She is the first member of the imperial family of Japan that breaks with tradition since World War II.

Japanese law is clear: a member of the royal family cannot marry a commoner and if he does, he is stripped of all his privileges. Mako assumed the consequences of falling in love with Komuro nine years ago, when they met at the International Catholic University of Tokyo. They got engaged in 2017 but criticism has forced the couple to delay their big day, including a scandal involving the groom’s mother, whom an ex-lover accused of owing 30,000 euros (in Japan it is a disgrace to incur a debt). with another person).

The Japanese do not support Princess Mako, not even after she gave up the ‘dowry’ of more than a million euros that the institution provides to women who leave it for marrying a commoner and with whom the common people believed that he would pay the debt of his future mother-in-law. This Monday, the bride went to the Takanawa Imperial Palace to visit her grandparents before the wedding and there she found a demonstration with banners against her fiancé.

Therefore, the family has decided that their wedding this Tuesday be very discreet and simple, without the traditional pomp of these cases (the Sintosta ceremony). Mako and Kei will say “yes, I want to” at a private civil ceremony and attend a press conference afterward, just like the Komuro lords. The princess thus fulfills the dream of her life, which has cost her her money, her status and even her health, as she suffered a post-traumatic stress disorder at the end of 2018 due to the obstacles that prevented her from getting married. Her parents, Fumihito and Kiko, have supported her at all times and will continue to do so: “I want to continue paying close attention to her,” her mother said a few months ago.

He will do it more than 10,000 kilometers away, since Mako and Kei will reside in New York, where he has passed the bar exam and has been hired at a prestigious law firm. The couple, who met again last Monday after three years without seeing each other, visited Emperor Naruhito on Friday to officially communicate their relationship, as tradition dictates.

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