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Crown princess declines to comment on daughter's postponed marriage

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Crown Princess Kiko, who celebrated her 53rd birthday on Wednesday, said she does not wish to comment on the postponement of her eldest daughter's marriage to fiance Kei Komuro.

"I believe she (Princess Mako) is thinking through a lot of things. Under such circumstances, I would like to refrain from speaking on current or future matters, including speculating on my daughter's feelings," the crown princess said in a statement.

Princess Mako and Komuro announced their engagement in September 2017 and said their wedding would take place in November 2018, but the Imperial Household Agency announced in February last year that the couple will delay the event until 2020, citing "lack of time to prepare."

The decision followed a string of reports that Komuro's mother was involved in a money dispute with her former fiance, including over educational expenses for her son that the former fiance shouldered.

In the statement released by the agency, the crown princess also touched on her second daughter, Princess Kako, saying, "I hope (my daughters) build a future in which they can lead their respective lives well, and bring joy to those who have supported their growth up till now."

According to the agency, since the imperial succession this spring the crown princess has made 47 visits to locations across Japan, and participated in 37 events held on palace grounds, including informal talks.

"My duties have increased compared to before," she said, referring to her husband Crown Prince Fumihito becoming first in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne following the enthronement of his brother Emperor Naruhito in May.

"With the responsibility of my new position, I want to do my best to support the emperor and empress together with the crown prince, while taking care of my health," she added.

It is customary for the imperial household to release a statement by the crown princess every year around her birthday. With Crown Prince Fumihito now the heir to the throne, a statement from his wife Crown Princess Kiko was released from this year.

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Crown princess declines to comment on daughter's postponed marriage

Because the chances are, there isn't going to be a marriage.

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Last year Princess Ayako was 'gifted' with over a million dollars of taxpayer money to help her ease into life as a commoner. I assume Princess Mako will receive a similar gift. I'm sure that hasn't escaped Komuro's mother's attention.

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The imperial family has stated many times they want Kei's mother to set the record straight in public about the money and she refuses to do so. She must be hiding something bad, either that or her pride is more important than her son's future. Not a trustworthy family.

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Once she gets Married to a Common person then she's no longer part of the Royal Household... so what's the fuss about Money etc.... she has nor gets any/much. She becomes like the rest of us, relegated to the ranks of us plebs.... or... are we not being told something ?

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This may not happen in the western world of individualism even if they are members of the royal families. They fell in love and others oppose their marriages.

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I've never understood why the son doesn't just pay his mother's ex-boyfriend back. It doesn't matter if she considered it a gift, or if the guy is lying. Pay him back. Put an end to the BS. Cut him out of your lives, and move on.

This whole thing is so much bigger than a petty spat with an ex. And, I think the princess' parents are thinking that exact thing.

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commanteerSep. 12  12:56 pm JST

"You don't speak with your daughter enough to know her feelings? Sweet parenting."

No. She is saying she prefers not to spill out all her and her daughter's most personal feeling to satisfy the cravings of ordinary people who have nothing better to do than criticize the parenting skills of more successful people they will never meet

How does being a member of a royal family make one successful?

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'She's thinking through a lot of things'... like how she'll have to get up early every day to cook his breakfast before he goes to work, how she will have to clean the toilet after him, how she'll have to wash his tighty whities, how she will have to wait up late at night while he's out drinking with his coworkers,...

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You don't speak with your daughter enough to know her feelings? Sweet parenting.

No. She is saying she prefers not to spill out all her and her daughter's most personal feeling to satisfy the cravings of ordinary people who have nothing better to do than criticize the parenting skills of more successful people they will never meet

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I think this marriage ain't gonna work out. He done tapped dat well dry. Time to move on.

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Give the other suitors a chance. She’s not getting any younger.

Foul, and exactly why women in Japan are valued less than men.

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including speculating on my daughter's feelings," the crown princess said in a statement.

You don't speak with your daughter enough to know her feelings? Sweet parenting.

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 and bring joy to those who have supported their growth up till now."

Kind of a selfish thing for a mother to say.

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Give the other suitors a chance. She’s not getting any younger.

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Photo - Crown Princess Kiko

That's Kiko sama??? Yes, yes, I know it is, but...

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