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Tennis Championships

On 8th October, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino attended Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships 2017 took place in Tokyo as the Honorary President of Japan Tennis Association.

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Ehime Visit of Princess Mako

From 5th October to 7th October, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino visited Ehime Prefecture to see the games of the 72nd National Sports Festival.

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Traditional Crafts

On 20th September, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino visited the 64th exhibition of Japanese Traditional Crafts and the Commendation Ceremony took place in Tokyo.
HIH Princess Mako is the President of Japan Crafts Association.

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Gifu Visit of Princess Mako

From 14th to 15th September, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino visited Gifu Prefecture to attend the opening ceremony of International Ceramics Festival ’17 Mino.
HIH Princess Mako is the Honorary President of the Festival.

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Prince Hisahito turns 11

On 6th September, HIH Prince Hisahito of Akishino turned 11 years old.

[NEWS]Prince Hisahito, third in line to throne, turns 11

Text from The Japan News

Prince Hisahito, Emperor Akihoto’s grandson who is third in line to the Imperial throne, turned 11 on Wednesday.

His birthday came days after the announcement that his elder sister, Princess Mako, will marry her longtime boyfriend, Kei Komuro. The prince has already met Komuro, 25, and will attend their wedding ceremony scheduled in fall next year.

The son of Prince Akishino, the younger of the Emperor’s two sons, and Princess Kiko, the prince is likely to draw more attention as he will be second in line to the throne after the 83-year-old Emperor’s abdication that could take place as early as December next year.

Prince Hisahito, a fifth-grader at an elementary school in Tokyo affiliated with Ochanomizu University, has often visited the Imperial Palace and the Imperial Residence to see the Emperor and Empress Michiko with his parents.

Following the Emperor’s rare video address last year that hinted at his desire to step down due to his advanced age, the Diet enacted a law to allow him to abdicate. His abdication would be the first in about 200 years.

Last December, the prince, along with his parents, visited the sites of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki for the first time.

While observing his parents, he carefully offered flowers and bowed deeply in Nagasaki Peace Park, where the ground zero monument dedicated to victims of the bombing sits.

In May, he watched a Summer Grand Sumo Tournament bout at Ryogoku Kokugikan and visited the Sumo Museum as part of an off-school learning program.

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Princess Mako announced the engagement

On 3rd September, the engagement of HIH Princess Mako and Mr Kei Komuro was officially approved by HM Emperor Akihito.
HIH Princess Mako and Mr Komuro visited Imperial Palace to meet with HM Emperor Akihito and HM Empress Michiko.

On that day, HIH Princess Mako and Mr Komuro attended the Press Conference took place at Akasaka East House.

[NEWS]Princess Mako, Komuro announce engagement

Text from The Japan News

TOKYO (Jiji Press) The Imperial Household Agency announced on Sunday the informal engagement of Princess Mako, the first grandchild of the Emperor and Empress, to former university classmate and commoner Kei Komuro.

Shinichiro Yamamoto, grand steward of the agency, made the announcement at a press conference following a procedure called “saika” earlier in the day, in which the Emperor approved the coming marriage of Princess Mako and Komuro, both 25.

A series of related rituals, including a betrothal ceremony known as “Nosai no Gi,” will be carried out before the couple’s wedding, which is expected to take place in autumn next year at the earliest.

Princess Mako, the eldest of the three children of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and Komuro met five years ago when they were students at International Christian University in Tokyo. They graduated from the university in 2014.

At a press conference held at the Akasaka Imperial estate in Tokyo’s Minato Ward on Sunday afternoon, Princess Mako and Komuro spoke about how their romance started and how they feel now.

The two became close as they sat near each other during a briefing session held in 2012 at the university for a student exchange program, according to the press conference. Then, they started to deepen their relations.

Komuro proposed to Princess Mako in December 2013, saying, “Let’s marry in the future.” The princess immediately accepted the marriage proposal.

Following the upcoming marriage, Princess Mako will leave the Imperial Family. Article 12 of the Imperial House Law stipulates that a woman in the Imperial Family shall lose her status in the family if she marries a person outside the family.

On this, Princess Mako said, “From my childhood, I have spent my life, bearing in mind that when I get married, I would lose my Imperial Family member status.”

Princess Mako is the first to have an informal engagement among the four grandchildren of the Emperor and Empress.

Her fiance-to-be, a resident of Yokohama, works at a law firm in Tokyo. He is the eldest son of Toshikatsu Komuro, a former employee of the Yokohama city government, who died in 2002, and his wife Kayo, 51.

Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko said in a statement that they look forward to the wedding of Princess Mako and Komuro.

Imperial couple deeply impressed

According to Yamamoto, the Emperor and Empress appeared to be feeling deeply impressed. The Emperor was quoted as saying, “It’s good because the weather is fine today.”

On Sunday morning, Princess Mako introduced Komuro to the Emperor and Empress at the Imperial couple’ s residence at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo’ s Chiyoda Ward. This was the first time for Komuro to meet with the Emperor and the Empress.

On Sunday evening, Princess Mako and Komuro were slated to have a dinner with Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko and Komuro’ s mother at the residence of the young princess’ parents in the Akasaka estate.

The agency, which initially planned to disclose to the public the couple’ s informal engagement in autumn this year or later, moved up the schedule to July 8, following a flurry of media reports that preparations were under way for the engagement of Princess Mako and Komuro.

But the announcement was postponed because heavy rain and flooding hit the northern part of the Kyushu region in early July, with Princess Mako and Komuro worrying about the situation in areas afflicted by the disaster and feeling sympathy for affected people.

Sunday was picked for the announcement as about two months have passed since the disaster and in light of the schedules of the Emperor, the Empress and the parents of Princess Mako, as well as the impact on Komuro’ s work.

Princess Mako and Komuro have made preparations for the press conference at her parents’ residence on weekends, after the princess made an official visit to Bhutan in June, according to officials of the Imperial Household Agency.

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Speech Contest of Sign Language

On 26th August, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino attended the 34th Speech Contest of Sign Language for Senior Highschool Students took place in Tokyo.

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Hungary Visit of Akishino Family

From 18th August to 23rd August, HIH Prince Fumihito and HIH Princess Mako of Akishino visited Hungary pravately.
On 19th August, they visited a folk museum in Budapest.

On 20th August, they visited Bugac Puszta Farm.

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Bhutan Visit of Princess Mako

From 31st May to 8th June, HIH Princess Mako of Akishino visited Kingdom of Bhutan and Singapore. HRH Princess Euphelma Choden Wangchuck, the sister of HM King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck welcomed HIH Princess Mako at the Airport.

On 2nd June, HIH Princes Mako met with HM King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and HM Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck. Their Majesties visited Japan in 2011 as the State Guests.

On 4th June, HIH Princess Mako attended the Bhutan Flower Exhibition with Their Majesties the King and the Queen.

On 6th June, HIH Princess Mako visited Taktsang Monastery.

On 7th June, HIH Princess Mako left Bhutan from Palo International Airport.

On 8th June, HIH Princess Mako arrived at Tokyo International Airport.

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[NEWS] Princess Mako to be engaged

Text from The Yomiuri Shimbun

Princess Mako, the 25-year-old eldest daughter of Prince Akishino and his wife, Kiko, will become engaged to a man she met while attending International Christian University in Tokyo, it has been learned.

The Imperial Household Agency said Tuesday evening that it is making preparations for the engagement. In keeping with the current Imperial House Law, Princess Mako will leave the Imperial family when she is married.

Her prospective fiance is Kei Komuro, 25, a former fellow student at the university who now lives in Yokohama.

Shinichiro Yamamoto, grand steward of the agency, started answering reporters’ questions at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, saying, “Concerning the unofficial engagement, we were planning to announce it at the appropriate time.” Yamamoto said that at the moment he wanted to refrain from saying when the announcement will be made.

According to Yamamoto, Komuro is studying business law at Hitotsubashi University’s graduate school while also working at a law firm in Tokyo. Prince Akishino and his wife approve of the relationship, and the Emperor and Empress have been informed about it, Yamamoto said.

Following the announcement of the unofficial engagement, there will be a traditional rite of betrothal called Nosai no Gi, the equivalent of the ceremony traditionally held to exchange betrothal gifts among the general public.

This will be followed by other ceremonies held shortly before the wedding ceremony, including a ceremony in which Princess Mako and Komuro’s marriage is reported to the Imperial ancestors and gods at three palaces within the Imperial Palace grounds, and Choken no Gi, in which the princess will bid farewell to the Emperor and Empress.

This will be the first engagement in 12 years of a naishinno princess – a daughter or granddaughter of the Emperor – since the engagement of the Emperor and Empress’ daughter, Sayako Kuroda. It will also be the first time a female Imperial family member has become engaged in three years, since the wedding of Noriko Senge, the second daughter of the late Prince Takamado.

Princess Mako and Komuro met at a discussion meeting about studying abroad in June 2012 in Tokyo, and began to see each other, according to sources.

The princess was born in October 1991, making her the first grandchild of the Emperor and Empress. After entering Gakushuin Primary School in 1998, she went on to Gakushuin Girls’ Junior and Senior High School. In 2010, she enrolled at the ICU College of Liberal Arts, where she majored in art and cultural heritage.

She studied at the University of Edinburgh in 2012, and after her graduation from ICU in 2014 participated in the University of Leicester’s postgraduate program to study museology for about a year.

She is now an affiliate researcher at the University Museum of the University of Tokyo. In the summer of 2011, shortly after the nation was struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake, the princess visited affected places including Yamada and Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture and Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture and volunteered in activities to support children.

Since returning from Britain in September 2015, she has actively carried out such public duties as visiting facilities for people with disabilities and attending an international tennis tournament.

Komuro lives with his mother and grandfather. When he was a university student, he took part in tourism promotion activities for Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, serving as a “prince of the sea in Shonan Enoshima.” His future dreams of “engagement in diplomacy” and hobbies including playing the violin, skiing and cooking were listed on the city’s tourist association website.
Future fiance gives few details

Komuro, the soon-to-be fiance of Princess Mako, spoke with reporters Wednesday morning in Tokyo.

Because their engagement has not yet been officially announced, Komuro was restrained in answering questions about his relationship with the princess.

“When the right time comes, I would like to speak [with you all] again,” he told the press.

Nevertheless, Komuro smiled when describing a phone conversation he had that morning with Princess Mako before leaving for work.

Also on Wednesday morning, Princess Mako smiled and nodded to reporters when leaving the Akasaka Estate in Minato Ward, Tokyo, where she lives.

Komuro was accompanied by an official from the Imperial Household Agency when he spoke with reporters in front of the building that houses the law office where he works in Chuo Ward, Tokyo.

Looking somewhat tense, he bowed deeply for about two seconds, saying, “I apologize for making you wait for so long.”

Komuro gave only brief answers when asked about his feelings, how he stayed in touch with Princess Mako and other matters.

“When the right time comes, I would like to speak [with you all] again,” and “I apologize [but I cannot comment] at this time,” he said.

When asked about media reports of his engagement, which appeared suddenly on Tuesday evening, he seemed perplexed by the sudden coverage.

“To be honest, I totally forgot where I saw it. I don’t remember,” Komuro said.

However, his expression softened when a reporter asked him what it was about Princess Mako’s character that attracted him. He again avoided the question, but did reveal that the two had spoken briefly by phone before leaving for work that morning. He said he told her, “I’m off,” and she responded, “Have a good day.”

Asked about his current occupation, Komuro said he worked as a paralegal and is assisting lawyers. The legal office where Komuro belongs specializes in business turnaround and corporate law.

Komuro, who is proficient in English, deals with translations of contracts and research on the practice of law at the firm.

After taking a barrage of questions from the media for about six minutes, Komuro bowed deeply again and left with a smile.

Princess Mako left the Akasaka Estate a little after 10:30 a.m. by car for her job at a facility connected to the University Museum of the University of Tokyo. When she leaves the residence for private matters, she usually keeps the windows closed, but this time a rear window opened as the car passed through the gates.

She gave a shy smile and nodded in recognition to shouts of “Congratulations!” from the press corps.

The couple has already started preparing for their life after marriage, sources said.

Princess Mako is scheduled to make an official visit to Bhutan at the end of this month, so the agency is preparing to officially announce the engagement after she returns.

Under the current Imperial Household Law, princesses who marry must leave the Imperial family, which means Princess Mako would become a private citizen after marrying Komuro.

A senior agency official said the couple has already started preparations regarding a future residence.

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