Japanese princess Mako go give up royal status for love
May 18, 2017
Japanese Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, is giving up her royal status for love.
Mako is set to marry a former college classmate.
The Imperial Household told CNN plans are underway for the 25-year-old princess to become engaged to Kei Komuro, also 25, a law firm worker.
The couple met five years ago as students at the International Christian University in Tokyo.
Japan’s imperial law states a princess who leaves the imperial family upon marriage will be a commoner..
The last to do so was Princess Mako’s aunt, Sayako, the only daughter of Emperor Akhito, who married town planner Yoshiki Kuroda in 2005.
The news has reignited concerns about the shrinking size of the imperial family, which currently has 19 members, 14 of whom are female.
Six unmarried princesses, other than Princess mako, will lose their royal status if they marry commoners. This has raised concerns that the imperial family will not have enough members to continue carrying out its public duties.