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Crown Prince of Japan urges his daughter to update Japanese people regarding her wedding

By OIST from Onna Village, Japan - Japanese Prince Visit, CC BY 2.0,

The Crown Prince of Japan, Akishino, has urged his eldest child and older daughter, Princess Mako, to update the Japanese public regarding engagement and postponed wedding to Kei Komuro.

His Imperial Highness said, “This coming February marks two years [since the announcement of the postponement of the wedding]. I believe something must be announced about it.”

The comments were made in a press conference for his 54th birthday. He added that his stance on the issue hasn’t changed.

Princess Mako and Kei Komuro announced their engagement in May 2017. The couple’s wedding date had been set for 4 November 2018.

However, back in February 2018, an announcement was made that the wedding was to be postponed. The Princess said through the Imperial Household Agency that she “came to recognise the lack of time to make sufficient preparations.” They denied at the time links to a recent magazine article that reported a financial dispute between Kei Komuro’s mother and her former fiance over her son’s education expenses.

Princess Mako wants to postpone the wedding until 2020 after a “series of ceremonies important for the Imperial family have ended smoothly.” This referred grandfather, Emperor Emeritus Akihito’s abdication and her uncle, Emperor Naruhito’s ascension and enthronement this year.

The Crown Prince urged Komuro to sort out the financial issues involving his family last year if he wanted the wedding to go on.

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