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Crown Prince of Japan Reveals He’s Made the Decision That Princess Mako Can’t Have Wedding Rituals

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The crown prince of Japan has revealed that he has made the decision that his daughter Princess Mako will not be allowed to hold traditional wedding rites due to the scandal surrounding her new husband’s finances.

Mako, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of reigning Emperor Naruhito, gave up her royal title last month to marry ‘regular’ Kei Komuro in a small civil ceremony without the traditional Shinto rituals.

The couple has since moved to a one-bedroom apartment in New York, where Komuro works as a lawyer.

Crown Prince Fumihito, 56, said in statements published today that he had issued a “judgment call” for the day to be held without ceremony due to public unease over his son-in-law’s financial history.

Mako, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of reigning Emperor Naruhito, gave up her royal title last month to marry ‘regular’ Kei Komuro in a small civil ceremony without the traditional Shinto rituals. Her father revealed that it had been his decision

There is disagreement over whether Komuro’s mother owes her former fiancé money. She claims he gave her an amount for her son’s education as a gift, saying it was a loan that was not paid.

After announcing his engagement to Mako, Komuro released a statement in which he defended himself, but it is still unclear whether the dispute has been fully resolved. Nor was it enough to win over the Japanese public.

In the footage, released today, Fumihito said his daughter had wanted to discuss the matter during a press conference on her wedding day, but she withdrew due to mental health reasons.

“Up to the last minute, Mako would have liked the press conference to be a two-way street, but it was difficult because of her complex PTSD,” the Crown Prince said, adding that it would have been better if Komuro had had the “opportunity to speak and direct.” answer questions” regarding his family’s financial problems.

Japan's crown prince has blown up coverage of his daughter's recent wedding, saying 'terrible' things have been written on social media and in the mainstream news

Japan’s crown prince has blown up coverage of his daughter’s recent wedding, saying ‘terrible’ things have been written on social media and in the mainstream news

Instead, the couple read out a pre-written statement and provided written answers to five questions posed in advance by members of the media.

Fumihito said he sent his daughter from her wedding day with best wishes for their new life in the US and that they decided it would be “the best for them.”

The prince also indicated that the Imperial family may take action against news outlets that publish false information about its members in the future.

“If you read the tabloids, well — I’m not exactly sure how to say this — but there’s a lot of stuff in there that’s made up, although there are also opinions that we should listen to,” Akishino said when asked about the connection between media coverage and his daughter’s diagnosis.

Though Japan was fascinated when Mako and Komuro, whom she met in college, announced their engagement in 2017, the scandal’s revelations sparked intense media scrutiny and criticism.

“As for articles on the internet, there are also a lot of comments… and some of them say really terrible things,” Akishino added.

Referring to recent cases of suicide by Japanese celebrities following campaigns of criticism on social media, he said: ‘There are people who have been deeply hurt by such slander on the internet and there are people who have lost their lives because of it.

“Slander, words that deeply hurt people, should not be tolerated wherever they are: on the Internet or in magazines.”

Some royal watchmen said the furore over Mako’s marriage, which even sparked protests against the wedding, may have been softened with more competent handling by the Imperial Household Agency (IHA), which manages the family’s life, pointing out how similar incidents are handled by royal houses abroad.

The prince revealed that he had sent Mako on her wedding day with best wishes for her new life in the United States, as the couple had decided that

The prince revealed that he had sent Mako on her wedding day with best wishes for her new life in the United States, as the couple had decided that “it was the best for them.” In the photo, Mako says goodbye to her family in the run-up to her simple wedding service

Akishino said the IHA sometimes corrects “incorrect” information on its website, but suggested more may be needed.

“When you go against an article, you have to set good standards and then protest if they are violated,” he said.

“Negative coverage can persist, so I think it is necessary to consider establishing such standards in consultation with the IHA.”

Currently, members of the family are generally expected to stoically endure any criticism with few public complaints.

While Japan seems modern in many ways, values ​​about family relationships and the status of women are often seen as outdated and rooted in feudal practices.

The Crown Prince with his wife, daughters Mako (left) and Kiko (right) and son Hisahito in 2011

The Crown Prince with his wife, daughters Mako (left) and Kiko (right) and son Hisahito in 2011

Such views were accentuated in the public’s response to the marriage. Some Japanese feel that they have a say in such matters because taxpayers’ money supports the imperial family’s system.

Other princesses have married commoners and left the palace. But Mako is the first to spark such a public outcry, including a frenzied response on social media and in local tabloids.

Polls show that up to 80 percent of Japanese are against the wedding that took place without the usual pomp and ceremony at a Tokyo registry office.

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Akihito, dressed in a sokutai and wearing a shaku, a dress reserved for members of the Imperial family, during his 1959 wedding to Michiko. The couple became Emperor and Empress and left the throne in 2019.

Akihito, dressed in a sokutai and wearing a shaku, a dress reserved for members of the Imperial family, during his 1959 wedding to Michiko. The couple became Emperor and Empress and left the throne in 2019.

After the wedding ceremony, Japan's Crown Prince Akihito and his bride, former Michiko Shoda, pose together before riding triumphantly through the streets of Tokyo.  The couple wore traditional Japanese costumes for the actual wedding ceremony

After the wedding ceremony, Japan’s Crown Prince Akihito and his bride, former Michiko Shoda, pose together before riding triumphantly through the streets of Tokyo. The couple wore traditional Japanese costumes for the actual wedding ceremony

Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko wave to benefactors on the bus during a parade after the royal wedding on April 10, 1959 in Tokyo

Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko wave to benefactors on the bus during a parade after the royal wedding on April 10, 1959 in Tokyo

Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Akishino, Mako's parents, pose with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko after the 'Kekkon-no-Gi' wedding ceremony on June 29, 1990

Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Akishino, Mako’s parents, pose with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko after the ‘Kekkon-no-Gi’ wedding ceremony on June 29, 1990

Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, now the Emperor and Empress, wave to people during the parade after their wedding ceremony in Tokyo in 1993

Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, now the Emperor and Empress, wave to people during the parade after their wedding ceremony in Tokyo in 1993

Thousands of benefactors gathered on the streets of Tokyo and waved flags as the newlyweds drove by in their open car

Thousands of benefactors gathered on the streets of Tokyo and waved flags as the newlyweds drove by in their open car

Masako looked radiant in a white wedding dress and sparkling tiara as she got into the car with her new husband in June 1993

Masako looked radiant in a white wedding dress and sparkling tiara as she got into the car with her new husband in June 1993

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