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Princess Mako, boyfriend Komuro to marry by year-end

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After persevering for so long, Princess Mako appears to be rather eager to set herself free of the restrictive confines of her position and the incessant back-fence talk of a nation of nosey parkers. Like Harry and Meghan, Kei and Mako will be using the U.S. as a buffer against intrusive press. Moreover, after they marry and Mako declines the lump-sum payment and leaves the imperial family as required by Imperial House Law, the press should be advised to back off. At that point, she will be liberated — no longer a financially dependent servant of the “so-far skeptical public.” She and her new husband should be allowed to live their lives free of troublesome meddlers.

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Princess Mako appears to be rather eager to set herself free of the restrictive confines of her position...

... after they marry and Mako declines the lump-sum payment and leaves the imperial family as required by Imperial House Law

Is she really eagerly seeking to leave the Royal Family as you claim? If so, then why deny the lump-sum payment to leave?

The Imperial House Law you cite about women leaving after marriage is actually still under review, and even if it is maintained, it always has the possibility to be altered in the future.

By declining the money, she is therefore not willingly removing herself from the family, and therefore allows her status to perhaps be re-instated if the law is ever changed since she did not technically agree to her status being revoked.

Once her father (next in line) becomes emperor, if the law does change someday (maybe not now, but possible in another decade) then she will be the first-in-line heir... as long as she does not willingly step down and "leave" the family under her own accord.

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People in any position should have the right to make their own decisions about their lives, not be constricted by a”rule”. Rules change, people change. Leave them alone. It nobody’s business, it’s theirs.

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It would be very rare for a female member of the Japanese imperial family to marry without the related ritual ceremonies.

The princess will likely decline a lump-sum payment to be offered upon her departure from the imperial family, and it is believed the couple will live in the United States once married, the source said.

Getting married as fast as they can and getting the heck out of there. Could you blame them after all they've been through.

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Good.

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This should not be news. Their private lives should be private. It is none of anyone's business what they do.

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She has no legal status to live in the US,only an American can apply for a matrimony visa for his finance

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Finally!!!

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Finally! They should be nearing their silver anniversary by now.

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Oh! Thank God! I was worried.

: ^ 0

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Is she really eagerly seeking to leave the Royal Family as you claim? If so, then why deny the lump-sum payment to leave?

They are an Imperial family, Japan not having a king/queen.

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Who cares!

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Uggh.

Back to this nonsense?

this was olympic news before olympic news.

redundant, pointless updates, and something that doesn’t matter either way.

married, get married, debt, no debt, just do what you gotta do already!

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Whew! Now I can finally get some sleep.

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According to the source, the Imperial Household Agency is planning to skip traditional marriage ceremonies, given the financial troubles on the Komuro family side. It would be very rare for a female member of the Japanese imperial family to marry without the related ritual ceremonies.

Good on them, save your money for the new life in the US instead of overblown ceremonies.

The princess will likely decline a lump-sum payment to be offered upon her departure from the imperial family, and it is believed the couple will live in the United States once married, the source said.

Good luck.

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Good. So it seems declining the lump sum payment was the deciding factor.

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I'd like to wish the two of them success, but I have a couple of questions. Will they continue to receive special security measures that Komura and his mother have been receiving once they are married and living in the US? Also I would like to know a bit more about the Law Firm that hired him as a Paralegal and then bankrolled his entire education at Fordham. What ties do they have to the government or royal family?

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Let them both sort out their private affairs. But the media should stay out of it. While I have a certain personal opinion of him, and that too from his public appearances and nonverbal communication, I don't think the media should be doing such a hunt.

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Is this the american lawyer guy?

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Good for them. Hope they will be very happy

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Like Harry and Meghan, Kei and Mako will be using the U.S. as a buffer against intrusive press.

Nothing like H&M. Mako is declining the lump sum payment she’d normally be entitled to, Harry whined that his Dad was no longer supporting him financially even though he was no longer doing any royal work. Komuro will presumably be actually working in a real job as a lawyer, Harry thought he could cash in on his family’s name while distancing himself from them and casting aspersions.

Is this the american lawyer guy?

It’s the Japanese guy with an American law degree.

I can understand that they would want to be out of the public eye in Japan (though the Emperor’s sister seems to have done a pretty good job of becoming invisible, no reason Mako couldn’t do the same), but it’s unusual for them to choose the US as their hideyhole. The Japanese royal family have traditionally had pretty strong ties with the UK.

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Getting out of Japan before the country declines beyond recognition within the next 20 years. Mako and Kei are making a good move!

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Do yourself a favour Princess, the guy sounds like a real gold digger..

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Getting out of Japan before the country declines beyond recognition within the next 20 years. Mako and Kei are making a good move!

lol

By moving to a country that has already declined beyond recognition?

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She has no legal status to live in the US,only an American can apply for a matrimony visa for his finance

He is employed by an American firm, so he would have a work visa, and she would have a dependant visa. Isn't really anything unusual.

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This news is so tiring. Who cares?

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Here's a gin and tonic to the happy couple,

Omnia vincit amor et nos cedamus amori. love conquers all, let us all yield to love.

With or without related ritual ceremonies.

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Congratulations!” to these young people on your announced nuptials and prospective freedoms abroad. Best wishes on a brighter future!

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She will ‘likely decline’ the money OR, was likely “declineD” her lump sum, “exit money”?

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Seems somewhat harsh? Still looks the same on Google Earth:

- “By moving to a country that has already declined beyond recognition?” -

Perhaps Harry & Megs need good neighbors and perhaps, a fair attorney?

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Good for her and her soon to be husband! Free themselves from this royal family madness! Its their life, they shouldn't need approval from anyone on who they want to marry

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I'm very happy for them. I wish them all the best in their new life in the US. That Fiancé jerk really didn't have to go out to that extent. It was only 4 Million Yen. Could have been resolved without the press and ruined people's reputation.

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Crown Prince Fumihito, the emperor's younger brother, has said he approves of his daughter's marriage to Komuro but suggested it has to be welcomed by a so-far skeptical public.

skeptical public haha...

Pssh - the public doesn't care. Only the IHA cares about this nonsense.

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They were unofficially engaged in September 2017.

How on earth can two people be unofficially engaged.

Crown Prince Fumihito, the emperor's younger brother, has said he approves of his daughter's marriage to Komuro but suggested it has to be welcomed by a so-far skeptical public.

What makes Crown Prince Fumihito think that the public is skeptical. The public live in the 21 st century.

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Still looks the same on Google Earth:

Google Earth doesn't show the mass shootings, medical bankruptcies, tea parties, rampant Trump psychopath insurgents, etc., etc., etc.

Perhaps Harry & Megs need good neighbors and perhaps, a fair attorney?

Good neighbours that they can then slag off, like they slagged off both families?I don't think I'd want them lowering the tone of my neighbourhood.

They need an attorney for what? To sue Charles to keep paying their living expenses?

They've already sued folk over letters, photos and newspaper articles and threatened to sue the BBC over its report that a Palace source had said that the Queen had not been asked about the naming of her great-granddaughter.

Maybe if they got down to doing some proper work instead of doing mendacious interviews and demanding legal settlements, they might be happier.

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According to the source, the Imperial Household Agency is planning to skip traditional marriage ceremonies, given the financial troubles on the Komuro family side.

The princess will likely decline a lump-sum payment to be offered upon her departure from the imperial family, and it is believed the couple will live in the United States once married, the source said.

No ritual rights and no dowry. I think that sums up the real feelings.of her parents.

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I guess Komura's multi-page report and rebuttal worked. Komura's family seem suspect especially his mother, but I can understand why she did what she did.

Princess Mako's offer to refuse the lump sum could be a show that she and Komura are serious about getting married. This act could also help Komura earn some credibility with the family.

Legally, if by refusing the lump sum payment means that Princess Mako has not technically left the family and could be reinstated then this can be a way to allow her back in the "royal life" due to the marriage not working out.

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Get it over with already.

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He won't need to work another day in his life. Pretty sweet deal. She has never worked a day in her life, naturally.

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Just get married in Las Vegas

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Princess Mako has chose love over gold.

In this social media, material wealth driven society, where a false belief money can buy you love this article inspires,

Under the current rules, female imperial family members lose their royal status upon marrying a commoner. The marriage of the princess and Komuro, both 29, has been postponed for over two years due to the dispute over 4 million yen that the former fiance claims the mother owes him. The sum includes money spent on Komuro's educational expenses.

4 million yen?

My instincts tell me, that courters turned there noses up at Kei Komuro from the onset of the romance.

Komuro a tad too common, failed to fit into a defined social/economic status?

Princess Mako pulled the rug from under that nonsense.

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@David Brent: Not the case.

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Any comparison between Princess Mako/Kei Komuro, and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex is ludicrous.

There respective cultures, up bringing, schooling etc. are incompatible, worlds apart.

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Is there really “public unease” about this relationship? I don’t think so. Mako, take your man and run, run, run. Good luck to them.

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@MarkX: Two questions meant to provocate - clearly. To the first question, you know the answer, which of course would be a 'yes', Even though she will be leaving the Royal Family. Second - Of what significance is it to you? Its well known where we worked as a paralegal here, which scholarship he won . Shouldn't be a problem to find a job.

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Why is this even “news”? It’s a ridiculous story that has been going on and on for far too long. Shame on JT for giving it so much attention.

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Congrats! Good on them, living outside of Japan where they have the freedom of living in peace. I am sure she will receive money it just won't be advertised and why not she has worked on behalf of the RF over the years and once she is out it's out.

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Congrats! Good on them, living outside of Japan where they have the freedom of living in peace

Hahaha, don't get me wrong, good on them flipping the bird to the "Imperial Family" but freedom in the US? You can't even crack open a beer on the street or walk maskless over there without getting arrested. They would be a thousand times better living here as commoners.

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They can do what they like, as long as they don't take that lump sum which I assume comes from tax-payers.

Good idea to get out of the madhouse and go to America. I just worry about the high rates of gun-shooting and obesity, but I trust them to make sensible choices.

You can't even crack open a beer on the street or walk maskless over there without getting arrested.

I'll take the mask over 600,000 deaths (and counting).

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Amid public unease about their marriage due to a money dispute between Komuro's mother and her former fiance, the princess will likely decline a lump-sum payment of up to about 150 million yen ($1.36 million) usually given to female royal family members upon their departure from the household, the source said.

1 M 360K USD ? That is not a lot is it ?

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Princess Mako clearly adores Kei Komuro above all else.

“for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health".

Princess Mako could have simply settled for the status quo.

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cleo

"but it’s unusual for them to choose the US as their hideyhole. The Japanese royal family have traditionally had pretty strong ties with the UK."

Not unusual at all, considering where that boy Harry (or was it Henry) ended up being.

The US loves these characters because they make money of the scandal.

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Connect the dots!! He went to Fordham University which is a very good school. He graduated with a Law Degree and will work in a law firm once he gets his passing grade for passing the US Bar. Think about it, both are Japanese citizens and they have no problem immigrating and making a new life!! LMFAO being a royal still gives them privileges. I wouldn't be surprised if the job he will be taking in a law firm is in the Japanese embassy in NY!! Connect the dots!!!

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3 questions:

Yes ?

And?

So what.???

i find the number of comments on a non-event baffling.

All experts i suppose...

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I suppose the "So what ?" question can be answered by ... what if the "Line of Succession" ever changes to allow a Female ? Todays Society is so flip-flop, who knows....Maybe even Doraemon will be end up being Japans Emperor ... I really don't care.

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I read somewhere that Princess Mako cannot just "decline" the lump sum payment. The current rules do not allow it. Therefore, she and her "host" of a fiance get paid whether they like it or not. Like it they will, of course.

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Their marriage is more or less a private matter. About declining or not able to decline a lump sum, she can accept the money and donate it for something to make sure they don't use it for themselves.

For example to give it to a Japanese orphanage or elderly care home or whatever. I don't see any problem with that. It's not even such a huge amount, relatively seen of course.

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Asiaman7Sep. 1  06:42 am JST

After persevering for so long, Princess Mako appears to be rather eager to set herself free of the restrictive confines of her position and the incessant back-fence talk of a nation of nosey parkers. Like Harry and Meghan, Kei and Mako will be using the U.S. as a buffer against intrusive press. Moreover, after they marry and Mako declines the lump-sum payment and leaves the imperial family as required by Imperial House Law, the press should be advised to back off. At that point, she will be liberated — no longer a financially dependent servant of the “so-far skeptical public.” She and her new husband should be allowed to live their lives free of troublesome meddlers.

Why the hell has it taken them this long? Just do it, screw the monarchy/malarchy. Love should conquer all.

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ironlad:

Not unusual at all, considering where that boy Harry (or was it Henry) ended up being.

His wife is American. Neither of the two in the article are American.

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