The long wait ends: Revisit Japan Princess Mako’s eternal love story

WION Web Team
Tokyo Published: Oct 26, 2021, 12:51 PM(IST)

Japan's Princess Mako with her college sweetheart Kei Komuro. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Japan's Princess Mako married her college sweetheart Kei Komuro. She is the emperor's niece. The couple submitted documents to register marriage after a long engagement. Their tale was marred by intense media scrutiny and opposition. The two will move to New York, where Komuro works with a law office. Let’s take a relook at their tale

Japan's Princess Mako, who is the emperor's niece, married her college sweetheart Kei Komuro on Tuesday.   

The couple submitted documents to register marriage after a long engagement, which was marred by intense media scrutiny and opposition.  

The two will move to New York, where Komuro works with a law office.  

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Let’s take a relook at their tale of love.  

2012 - The two meet at Tokyo's International Christian University as students.    

September 2017 - The Imperial Household Agency announces their engagement. The two later hold a news conference, with their marriage set for November 2018.  

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December 2017 - Weekly magazines report a money dispute between Komuro's mother and her former fiance. The man claimed mother and son had failed to repay a debt of about $35,000. Komuro later said the money had been a gift, not a loan.  

February 2018 - The marriage is postponed, with the official explanation that the couple needs more time to arrange their ceremony.  

Brief 4

August 2018 - Komuro leaves for the United States to study at Fordham University law school. He returns in September 2021.  

November 2018 - Mako's father Prince Akishino says it will be impossible to hold an engagement ceremony until the dispute is resolved.   

April 2021 - Komuro issues a 24-page statement saying he will pay a settlement to his mother's former fiance.  

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May 2021 - Komuro graduates from law school and starts working with a New York law firm.    

September 2021 - Komuro returns to Japan after an absence of three years, sporting a ponytail that sets off a frenzy in the tabloids, because it is deemed "disrespectful."   

Brief 4

October 1, 2021 - The Imperial Household Agency announces that the two will be married on October 26.    

October 26, 2021 - Mako and Komuro are married.

(With inputs from agencies) 

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