Japanese princess Mako marries her college sweetheart Kei Komuro

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Japan’s princess Mako married her sweetheart Kei Komuro on Tuesday forgoing traditional rites following years of controversy.

Mako is the niece of Emperor Naruhito, who came to the throne in 2019 after his father abdicated, beginning a new imperial era named “Reiwa”.

While 61-year-old Naruhito holds no political power under Japan’s post war constitution, he is a significant symbolic figurehead. The Imperial Household Law, in place since 1947, only allows male family members to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne, while women lose their title if they wed a commoner. This means Mako, 30, has left the royal family after marrying law graduate Komuro, four years after they first announced their engagement.

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