Japanese Princess to give up royal status after marriage

A member of Japan’s royal family, Princess Mako, is to surrender her royal status by marrying a commoner.

The 25-year-old eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito will become engaged to law firm worker Kei Komuro, also 25,.

Kei Komuru speaking to reporters in Japan. Photo: ABC

Princess Mako and Kei Komuro met in 2012 at a restaurant, when they were both studying at the International Christian University in Tokyo.

Japan’s imperial law requires a princess to leave the royal family after marrying a commoner.

The move is expected to reignite debate on royal succession, with the emperor also possibly abdicating soon.

Princess Mako’s aunt Princess Sayako married a commoner in 2005,  the first time a Japanese royal became a commoner.

Princess Sayako is the only daughter of Emperor Akihito.

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