Thomas Hahn, Tokyo
Freedom Day is drawing near for Princess Mako. At least that’s what it looks like. In October, she wants to register her marriage to the civil law graduate Kei Komuro, reports the news agency Kyodo. The wedding is supposed to take place at the end of the year, without the usual imperial ceremonies such as the newspaper Asahi reported with reference to informed circles because the Japanese public does not consider Komuro, 29, to be the right choice. Princess Mako, also 29, niece of Emperor Naruhito, eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito, is therefore also allegedly considering waiving the state dowry of probably around 150 million yen, 1.15 million euros, which she actually received as an outgoing member of the imperial family would be due. She wants to move to Kei Komuro in New York soon, and one can assume that she would like to lead a semi-self-determined life with him.