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Japan.  Former Princess Mako and her husband Kei Komuro left Japan for the United States

Japan. Former Princess Mako and her husband Kei Komuro left Japan for the United States

Emperor Naruhito’s niece, former Princess Mako, with her husband Kei Komuro, left Japan. The couple left Tokyo for New York on Sunday, where they want to live permanently and where Komuro works at a law firm.

And Japanese media reported live on the departure of the steamer from Tokyo Haneda International Airport. Kyodo said he immediately saw hundreds of reporters Mako and her husband, Kiya Komuro, pass the departure hall and take seriously. The newlyweds smiled at each other when they arrived at the entrance gate, Kyodo News reported Sunday.

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Reuters said the couple wanted to start a new life in the United States. “Mako and her 30-year-old husband passed by a waiting crowd of journalists before boarding the Afghan National Army plane bound for New York. They waved gently as the plane prepared for the flight,” Reuters reported.

Former Princess Mako at Haneda AirportPAP / Environmental Protection Agency

first passport

Mako, granddaughter of then Emperor Akihito, and Kei Komuro met in 2012, and announced their engagement five years later. The couple planned to marry a year later, but delayed the wedding date, arguing that they “needed more time to plan their future together.” According to unofficial reports, the wedding date was postponed due to the Komuro family’s financial problems and controversy.

In the end, Mako and her college friend got married at the end of october. After the wedding, the daughter of the heir to the throne Akishino and Princess Kiko received her first passport to accompany her husband on his trip to the United States.

Mako is the first female imperial in post-war Japan to marry without a traditional court ceremony and refuse high statutory severance compensation from the state budget with a 150 million yen ($1.3 million) loss. After the wedding, she took her husband’s surname.

Kei Komuro and Mako leave Japan PAP / Environmental Protection Agency

Losing the royal title

Under Japanese rules, women of the imperial family lose their royal titles if they marry men of the people. On the other hand, the men of the imperial family do not lose their status when they marry the women of the people.

PAP, Reuters, kyodonews.net

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Main image source: PAP / Environmental Protection Agency