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Princess Aiko reveals thoughts on reaching adulthood

Japan’s Princess Aiko has shared her thoughts on reaching adulthood in a statement released by the Imperial Household Agency. Aiko, Princess Toshi turned 20-years-old on 1 December and remarked about her plans for the future as she is now a working member of the Imperial Family. She also thanked her parents, Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, for raising her and supporting her…
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Who is Japan's Princess Aiko?

Aiko, Princess Toshi, the daughter of Japanese Emperor Naruhito, will reach the age of maturity on her twentieth birthday on 1 December 2022. In the following days, she will take part in specific ceremonies and will start attending public engagements with her…
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Former Princess Mako and husband Kei Komuro settle in New York for new life

The former Japanese Princess Mako and her husband, Kei Komuro, have arrived in New York City to begin their new life together away from the Japanese media spotlight. The former royal and her new spouse arrived in New York City on a flight from Tokyo on 14 November to settle into their one-bedroom apartment in the Big Apple. Kei Komuro is employed at a law firm in the city, and Mako is expected…
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Imperial Household Agency records departure of Mako Komuro

The Imperial Household Agency has recorded the departure of Mako Komuro, the former Princess Mako of Akishino. Mako’s departure from the Imperial Family was recorded in the Imperial Family register last week after she married Kei Komuro on 26 October. Grand Steward of the Imperial Household, Nishimura Yasuhiko, signed off on the register. After a female member of the Imperial Family…
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Japan's last Empress regnant

While debates still take place in Japan on whether or not women should have succession rights and head their own branches of the Imperial Family, empress regnants have existed before in Japanese history. In fact, Japan has had eight women reign in their own right, the last…
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Why Japan's Princess Mako and Kei Komuro situation is different from Harry and Meghan

Since Japan’s Princess Mako married her commoner boyfriend Kei Komuro, many comparisons have been made between their situation and the situation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. However, while both couples left their kingdoms for the United States, their situations are quite different. While the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were celebrated in the United Kingdom with a royal wedding, the…
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