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

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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.

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Why men prefer curvy women, revealed

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NEW YORK —Why do most men prefer ladies with curvier bodies, especially sharp curvy hips? According to a study, modern man’s this preference has ancient evolutionary roots.

According to a research carried out by a team from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin and the UT – Arlington has found that for a mate, man preferred a woman with a “theoretically optimal angle of lumber curving,”  a 45.5-degree bend from back to buttocks allowing ancestral women to better support, provide for, and carry out multiple pregnancies.

“The findings enable us to conclusively show that men prefer women who exhibit specific angles of spinal bend over buttock mass,” said study’s co-author Eric Russell from the UT – Arlington in a paper published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior.

This investigation consisted of two studies. The first looked at vertebral wedging, an underlying spinal feature that can influence the actual curve in women’s lower backs.

Around 100 men rated the attractiveness of several manipulated images showing spinal curves ranging across the natural spectrum.

Men were most attracted to images of women displaying the hypothesized optimum of 45 degrees of lumbar curvature.

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This adds growing body of evidence that beauty is not entirely arbitrary or “according to the viewer” as many in mainstream social sciences believed, but instead has a coherent adaptive logic, added psychology professor David Buss from the UT Austin.

“This spinal structure would have enabled pregnant women to adjust their weight over the hips,” the authors noted.

These women would have been more effective at foraging during pregnancy and less likely to suffer spinal injuries.

Thus, men who preferred these women would have had mates who were better able to provide for foetus and offspring, and who would have been the able to carry out multiple pregnancies without injury.

The second study addressed the topic of whether men prefer this angle because it reflects bigger buttocks, or whether it truly can be attributed to the angle in the spine itself.

Around 200 men were presented with groups of images of women with differing buttock size and vertebral wedging, but maintaining a 45.5-degree curve.

Men consistently preferred women whose spinal curvature was closer to optimum regardless of buttock size.

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