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Crown Princess Kiko's father dies at 81

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HBJNov. 4  07:05 pm JST

His death followed the marriage of his granddaughter Mako to her commoner boyfriend Kei Komuro on Oct 26.

How long is it going to take until the press here stop taking every opportunity to reference Kei Komuro as ‘Mako’s commoner boyfriend’?

It’s just so petty.

Yes, Kei is her husband now - whether they like it or not. Now how about leaving them alone?

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Two members 'gone'? Mako didn't die. He wasn't a member of the Royal Family. The person I feel sorry for is Princess Kiko who has literally lost a parent and had to say goodbye to her daughter because of outdated Protocols. Show some respect. RIP

I don't have one ounce of sympathy for Princess Kiko. We all lose parents. We all have to say "goodbye" to our daughters when they find the man they love. That is life in the real world. It is Princess Kiko who should have shown respect. By the way, my condolences regarding the death of her farher.

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RIP. The Kawashimas are noble enough in fact. When Tatsuhiko Kawashima was born, his father, Takahiko, was the chief of the Cabinet Office's statistics bureau. Tatsuhiko's grandfather, Shoichiro, was a teacher, but at one point in his career, he was a professor for the Gakushukin and was the headteacher of its elementary school from 1901 to 1903. The Kawashiwas were close to the Imperial family even before the war.

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His death followed the marriage of his granddaughter Mako to her commoner boyfriend Kei Komuro on Oct 26.

Guess the imperial household was holding out for a member of the House of Windsor...

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How long is it going to take until the press here stop taking every opportunity to reference Kei Komuro as ‘Mako’s commoner boyfriend’

The mainstream Japanese media makes no references this. only the English translated does,

Also here as well

 Former Princess Mako Komuro stayed at his friend's home in the suburbs of Vienna during a summer vacation when she was 14.

Only the English translated media refers to her as the "former princess", the mainstream Japanese media does not.

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Deepest condolences to Crown Princess Kiko

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zichi 07:38 pm JST

Officials at the Imperial Household Agency were opposed to the marriage, of Crown Princess Kiko, and as was Prince Akishino's paternal-grandmother Empress Dowager Nagako

It's a well-known secret that Kiko was impregnated at least once by the Prince while they were students, and that Mr. Kawashima went up to the Palace to ask the then-Emperor to either make his son do the decent thing and offer to marry her, or to leave her alone. He did the decent thing and proposed to her.

RIP to Mr. Kawashima, a good man.

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Two members 'gone'? Mako didn't die. He wasn't a member of the Royal Family. The person I feel sorry for is Princess Kiko who has literally lost a parent and had to say goodbye to her daughter because of outdated Protocols. Show some respect. RIP

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Wow, two members gone from the family in two weeks, that's gotta be rough for the remaining members. Sad times.

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His death followed the marriage of his granddaughter Mako to her commoner boyfriend Kei Komuro on Oct 26.

How long is it going to take until the press here stop taking every opportunity to reference Kei Komuro as ‘Mako’s commoner boyfriend’?

It’s just so petty.

There are a number of different ways this sentence could’ve been written to be more neutral, or more respectful - especially as they are now married - but no, they decide to word it so they can get the ‘commoner boyfriend’ jab in again.

RIP pops Kawashima, who could also be referred to as the ‘commoner grandfather’, but thankfully under the circumstances was granted a bit more respect.

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Was it Covid?

It was 81.

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Was it Covid?

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