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Japan’s Princess Mako giving up royal status to marry commoner

TOKYO — Japan’s Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, is set to give up her royal title in order to marry a commoner, Japanese media reported.

The 25-year-old Princess met Kei Komuro in 2012 while the two were students at Tokyo’s International Christian University,The Japan Times reported.

Currently, Komuro works as a paralegal at a law firm, although he once memorably appeared in a tourism campaign in which he played the “Prince of the Sea.”

Princess Mako, the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito, first met Kumoro in 2012 at International Christian University in Tokyo. Officials said the princess’ parents, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, have approved the union.

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Mako’s unofficial fiance, Kei Komuro, appeared before media on Wednesday outside the Tokyo law office where he works, a day after the news of their engagement broke. However, the Imperial Household Agency declined to comment.

“Now is not the time for me to comment, but I want to speak at the right time,” Komuro, 25, told reporters.

Princess Mako and Kumoro’s official engagement is expected to be announced in mid-June at the earliest, with the wedding to take place in 2018.

Japan’s cabinet is expected to approve a bill on Friday to allow Akihito, 83, to step down, the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in nearly two centuries, after he said last August he feared age would make it hard to fulfil his duties.