Japanese Princess is giving up her royal title for love

Внучка императора Японии выходит замуж за простолюдина

The eldest daughter of Japanese Emperor Akihito officially confirmed her engagement in a a press conference on the Akasaka Estate in Toyko on Sunday.

Komuro said they kept in touch even though they were physically far from each other.

Announcing her engagement, Princes said that she felt "really happy" despite losing the royal status for Komuro, whose smile what she described look "like the sun".

Despite the union being accepted by her parents, under the Imperial House Law, princesses are obliged to leave the royal family should they choose to marry a commoner. As she is a female, she will lose royal status as the law does not apply to royal males.

Over time the princess learnt that he is a 'sincere, strong-minded, hard worker'. "I believe the two are going to build a wonderful family". "While I worked to help the emperor and fulfill duties as a royal family member as much as I can, I've been cherishing my own life".

The princess came home in July 2013, and Komuro also returned around the same time.

Mako graduated from ICU in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Art and Cultural Heritage.

Mako is a part-time researcher at the University of Tokyo's University Museum.

The official announcement was made in a news conference on Sunday by the Imperial Household Agency.

Komuro was dubbed as the "Prince of the Sea" in 2010 while serving as a tourism promoter for the city of Fujisawa.

Princess Mako's engagement is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, after which an official date will be set. This is called the traditional rite of betrothal called Nosai no Gi.

Mako is the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino, the second son of the Emperor and second in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne after Prince Naruhito.

Their wedding is likely to take place in 2018, the same year the Emperor is expected to abdicate the throne.

Tatsuya Sasaki, 63, who had his house washed away following heavy rain that hit Iwaizumi in northeastern Japan's Iwate Prefecture in late August 2016, said he remembers the princess being a "friendly" person who played with children when she visited the disaster site last October.

Prince Hisahito is now third in line to the throne after his uncle, Crown Prince Naruhito, and his father Prince Akishino.

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