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Who is Princess Mako?

Mako Komuro Komuro Mako, born 23 October 1991, formerly Princess Mako (Mako Naishinnō), is the first child and elder daughter of Prince Fumihito and Princess Kiko, and a former member of the Japanese imperial family. She is the niece of Emperor Naruhito and is the eldest grandchild of Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko.

Japan’s Princess Mako marries and loses royal status

Japan’s Princess Mako marries and loses royal status
Japan’s Princess Mako marries and loses royal status

Japan’s Princess Mako has lost her royal status after marrying her “commoner” college sweetheart, Kei Komuro – a man she described as “irreplaceable” – while the couple voiced sadness over a scandal that has plagued their engagement.

After years of criticism of their relationship that has left Mako struggling with her mental health, the couple announced at a press conference at a hotel in Tokyo on Tuesday that they had wed. They declined to take questions from reporters.

Mako and Komuro, who met at university almost a decade ago, were originally due to marry in November 2018 but postponed after Japanese media revealed that Komuro’s mother was embroiled in a minor financial scandal.

On Tuesday Komuro voiced regret at how his mother’s troubles had overshadowed the wedding preparations. Of his bride, he said: “I love Mako-san. And I would like to spend my life with the person I love.”

He said he would do “everything possible” to resolve the financial dispute between his mother and a former fiance from whom she reportedly borrowed ¥4m (£25,387), although there have been claims that the money was a gift.

Intense media coverage of his family and scrutiny of the couple’s relationship has taken its toll on Mako, who is Emperor Naruhito’s niece. The imperial household agency recently revealed she was suffering from complex post-traumatic stress disorder.

Her health was reportedly behind the couple’s decision to make a statement on Tuesday and hand out written answers to reporters’ questions rather than respond verbally.

Princess Mako Biography, Wiki

Princess Mako was educated at the Gakushūin School in her Primary, Girls’ Junior and Senior High School years. She studied English at University College Dublin for one month in 2010. She had an informal talk with President of Ireland Mary McAleese as a trainee and visited Northern Ireland.

Princess Mako graduated from the International Christian University in Mitaka, Tokyo on 26 March 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Cultural Heritage. She obtained a Japanese national certification in curation as well as a driver’s licence while she was an undergraduate student.

On 17 September 2014, she left for the United Kingdom where she studied museology at the University of Leicester for a year, receiving a Master’s degree in Museum Studies in January 2016. She also studied art history at the University of Edinburgh for nine months, from September 2012 to May 2013.

She has been something of an internet idol since 2004, when images of her in sailor fuku appeared on television. An image repository was set up, and a video featuring fanart of Princess Mako was uploaded onto the popular video-sharing website Nico Nico Douga, attracting over 340,000 views and 86,000 comments. The Imperial Household Agency, responding to a request for comment, stated that they are not sure how they should handle this phenomenon, since they see no signs of slander or insults against the Imperial Family.

In August 2006, she visited Vienna, Austria for two weeks on a school-sponsored homestay program. She stayed in the home of an Austrian man who was a colleague of Tatsuhiko Kawashima, her mother Kiko’s father. Because Mako is interested in art and architecture, she visited the museums, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Schönbrunn Palace.

Accompanied by her father, she participated in her first official function, a religious ceremony at the Ise Shrine, later that year. Princess Mako has a younger sister, Princess Kako, and a younger brother, Prince Hisahito.

In 2011, Mako came of age and was conferred Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown on 23 October. Since then, she has been attending official events as an adult member of the Imperial Family.

In July 2011, she worked as a volunteer in the affected areas of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami without revealing her identity.

She is able to communicate using Japanese Sign Language and is interested in the Deaf community, like Kiko, Princess Akishino, her mother.

She became the project researcher of the University of Tokyo’s museum on 1 April 2016.

In May 2017, it was announced that she is expected to marry next year to Kei Komuro, who was a student at the International Christian University (ICU). Under the Imperial Household Law, upon marriage, a woman joins her husband’s family, and thus Mako will leave the Japanese Imperial Family and lose her imperial status.

She will become the eighth female member of the family to marry a commoner since the passage of the Imperial Household Law in 1947. Her name will change from Her Imperial Highness Princess Mako of Akishino to Mrs. Mako Komuro.

Princess Mako Biography
Princess Mako
NameMako (眞子)
Born23 October 1991 (age 30)
Imperial Household Agency Hospital, Tokyo Imperial Palace, Japan
SpouseKei Komuro ​(m. 2021)​
HouseImperial House of Japan (until 2021)
FatherPrince Fumihito
MotherKiko Kawashima
OccupationResearcher at the University of Tokyo museum

Princess Mako Engagement

In May 2017, it was announced that the Princess was expected to marry Kei Komuro, a graduate of International Christian University (ICU). It is anticipated that like her paternal aunt, Sayako, Princess Nori, and other princesses who married commoners in recent decades she will formally lose her title and become a commoner upon marriage. On 3 September 2017, the Imperial Household Agency announced the engagement, which was followed by a press conference attended by the couple.

Princess Mako with her husband Kei Kumoro
Princess Mako with her husband Kei Kumoro

The wedding was originally expected to take place on 4 November 2018, but it was later announced that it would be postponed until 2020. Mako will become the ninth female member of the family to marry a commoner since the passage of the Imperial Household Law. As a result of her marriage, she will give up her imperial title and leave the Japanese Imperial Family, as required by law. At present, the marriage has been put on hold due to Kei Komuro and his family having a financial dispute of which the Japanese imperial family disapproves.

Princess Mako Personal Life

In August 2006, Mako visited Vienna, Austria for two weeks on a school-sponsored homestay program. She stayed in the home of an Austrian man who was a colleague of Tatsuhiko Kawashima, her maternal grandfather. Because Mako is interested in art and architecture, she visited the museums, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Schönbrunn Palace.

In July 2011, she worked as a volunteer in the affected areas of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami without revealing her identity.

She is able to communicate using Japanese Sign Language and is interested in the Deaf community, like her mother, Princess Akishino, and her sister, Princess Kako. She and her younger sister Kako are able to deliver entire speeches in sign. 

She became the project researcher of the University of Tokyo’s museum on 1 April 2016.

Princess Mako FAQ’s

Who is Princess Mako?

Mako Komuro Komuro Mako, born 23 October 1991, formerly Princess Mako (Mako Naishinnō), is the first child and elder daughter of Prince Fumihito and Princess Kiko, and a former member of the Japanese imperial family. She is the niece of Emperor Naruhito and is the eldest grandchild of Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko.

Whom did Princess Mako marry?

Japan’s Princess Mako has lost her royal status after marrying her “commoner” college sweetheart, Kei Komuro – a man she described as “irreplaceable” – while the couple voiced sadness over a scandal that has plagued their engagement.

How old is Princess Mako?

Currently, Princess Mako is 30 years old.

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