Japan

Former Princess Mako's husband resolves financial dispute

Kei Komuro, the husband of former Princess Mako of Akishino, has resolved the financial dispute with his mother’s former fiance that loomed over his wedding. The financial dispute concerned approximately 4 million yen, some of which was reportedly used to fund Kei Komuro’s education. It was claimed to be either a gift or a loan, leading to the dispute. The former fiance and Kei…
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Imperial Household Agency requests privacy for ex-Princess Mako

The Grand Steward of the Imperial Household Agency has asked for privacy for Mako Komuro (formerly Princess Mako) and her new husband, Kei Komuro. The Grand Steward, Yasuhiko Nishimura, spoke at a news conference on 28 October – two days after the couple’s marriage – to request privacy. He said: “I would be grateful if everyone could cooperate with us so that she can…
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HistoryJapan

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…
Japan

Former Japanese diplomat calls for Emperor Emeritus to visit South Korea

A former Japanese Ambassador to Lebanon has called for Emperor Emeritus Akihito to visit South Korea. Naoto Amaki, the former ambassador, believes Akihito should visit South Korea as a way to resolve tensions between the country and Japan. The Emperor Emeritus reportedly wanted to visit South Korea while he was on the throne but was unable to do so. He believed Japan needed to reflect on…
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FeaturesJapan

Japan's Princess Mako celebrates 30th birthday - her last as a royal

Japan’s Princess Mako celebrates her 30th birthday today – her last birthday as a member of the Imperial Family. In a few days’ time, the Princess will renounce her titles and place in the Imperial Family as she marries her commoner boyfriend. She was born as the eldest granddaughter of then Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on 23 October 1991 at the Imperial Household…
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