Monthly Archives: February 2018

President of Germany

On 7th February, HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko met with HE Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the Federal Republic of Germany and the First Lady at Imperial Residence.

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Academic Prizes

On 7th February, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Kiko of Akishino attended the 14th Award Ceremony of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Prize and Japan Academy Young Researcher’s Award and the reception took place in Tokyo.

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Marriage will be postponed

On 6th February, Imperial Household Agency announced that the formal engagement and marriage of HIH Princess Mako of Akishino and Mr Kei Komuro will be postponed until 2020.

Princess Mako’s marriage to be postponed over ‘lack of preparation,’ Imperial Household Agency says

Text from Japan Times

The Imperial Household Agency said Tuesday that the formal engagement and marriage of Princess Mako – the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito – and her fiance, Kei Komuro, will be postponed until 2020 due to “lack of preparation.”

The couple, both 26, were supposed to be formally engaged in a traditional court ceremony called Nosai no Gi on March 4, ahead of their planned wedding on Nov. 4. The princess said through the agency she “came to recognize the lack of time to make sufficient preparations.”

The agency denied any link between the postponement and a recent weekly magazine report of a financial dispute – between Komuro’s mother and her former fiance – over her son’s education expenses, which were reportedly shouldered by the mother’s former partner.

The princess said she has reported the postponement to the Emperor and Empress Michiko, who have shown respect for the decision.

“Last May, there were reports about our engagement at an unexpected time,” she said. “We believe we have rushed various things.”

“I wish to think about marriage more deeply and concretely and give sufficient time to prepare our marriage and for after the marriage,” she added.

The princess said she wants to postpone the marriage and other related events until 2020, after a “series of ceremonies important for the Imperial family have ended smoothly.” That is an apparent reference to the Emperor’s planned abdication on April 30, 2019, and the accession to the throne the following day by Crown Prince Naruhito.

She added that the delay was caused by the couple’s “immaturity” and that they regret the situation.

“We feel extremely sorry for causing great trouble and further burden to those who have willingly supported us,” she said.

Komuro lives with his mother and grandfather in Yokohama. He met the princess at university and currently works as a paralegal at a law firm in the capital, where he attends Hitotsubashi University’s graduate school at night to study business law.

The agency had formally announced the planned engagement of the couple last September, confirming earlier news reports. The princess will renounce her status as a member of the Imperial family after marrying the commoner, in accordance with the Imperial House Law.

The princess and Komuro met at International Christian University in western Tokyo. They became close in 2012 when they participated in an orientation session for study abroad programs, the princess has said.

As a part of the exchange program, the princess studied at the University of Edinburgh while Komuro attended the University of California, Los Angeles.

Komuro has said the pair started dating before they went abroad. Komuro said he proposed in December 2013.

After graduating from ICU in 2014, the princess earned a master’s degree in art museum and gallery studies at the University of Leicester in England. She is now a researcher at a museum at the University of Tokyo.

In 2010, Komuro he served as a tourism promoter for the city of Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, which dubbed him a “Prince of the Sea.”

The princess is the first of the Imperial Couple’s four grandchildren to get engaged.

The engagement has highlighted the dwindling size of the Imperial family. Under the Imperial House Law, princesses can’t become reigning empresses and are obliged to leave the family upon marrying commoners. When she gets married, it will reduce the Imperial family to 18 members, including the Emperor himself. Only a male in the paternal line has the right to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne.

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Kanto Tokai Flower Exhibition

On 2nd February, HIH Princess Nobuko of Mikasa and HIH Princess Ayako of Takamado visited the 67th Kanto Tokai Flower Exhibition took place in Tokyo.

On that day, HIH Prince Fumihito of Akishino also visited the exhibition.

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Supporting Disabled

On 1st February, HM Empress Michiko visited the exhibition of the products of the school for the children with disablities took place in Tokyo.
Her Majesties bought a badge of drawn frog, chopstic rests and a tapestry of drawn owl.

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