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Old 05-17-2017, 03:56 PM
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Thanks for the links and updates!

The way news appeared in the Japanese media was not traditional. I read that the parents of the couple have yet to meet to exchange special gifts. Reacting to the news, the IHA announced Mr Komuro's solo press conference in a hurry.
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Old 05-17-2017, 04:18 PM
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Firstly, thank you all for the links and images surrounding this wonderful news!

I'm thrilled for another Japanese Royal Wedding. I suspect it will be a similar type of wedding as Sayako Kuroda's was unless the couple go down the traditional Shinto route.

Once an engagement date is set there will be various traditional ceremonies, such as Al_bina suggests, a special exchange of gifts between the families and Princess Mako formally telling the Emperor and Empress of her intention to marry.
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Old 05-17-2017, 08:42 PM
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Congratulations to the couple! He's quite a handsome young man.

It's interesting, my impression was always that Japanese people tend to marry late, but perhaps that's not as true as I thought. Mako and her fiance are both relatively young at 25.

It seems strange, and unfair, that the female royals are expected to conform to the rigid standards and restrictions of the Japanese court with complete dedication while they're single, only to have the institution toss them aside once they marry. They should either not play any formal role and enjoy the luxury of a completely private life right from the start, or they should be allowed to continue to participate in royal life after their marriage.
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TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Kei Komuro, who is set to be engaged to Princess Mako, was her university sweetheart, known by his friends and colleagues for his gentle and truthful personality, described by some as "prince-like."
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A 25-year-old woman who knew him from the university described him as "very noble" and having a "prince-like personality."
Profile: Princess' fiance Komuro known as 'prince-like' univ. friend - The Mainichi
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In the summer of 2010, Komuro was chosen as a “prince of the sea of Shonan-Enoshima (district)” in a contest held in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture.

It followed that he became involved in PR activities for Fujisawa city for a year. ...

One of [the four others], Genki Kashiwagi, 26, a company employee now living in Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, said: “Komuro was polite and always smiling. He was the kind of man who is liked by both men and women.”

Komuro lived overseas when he was a child and is fluent in English. After returning to Japan, he studied at an international school and then advanced to International Christian University.

“He was saying that he wants to be involved in diplomacy in the future,” Kashiwagi recalled.

Friends share thoughts on Princess Mako's engagement: The Asahi Shimbun
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The news seemed to have surprised some of Komuro’s acquaintances. A childhood friend said Komuro was “a fine man with an attractive smile” but she never heard him talking about romance.

A 24-year-old kindergarten teacher who once worked at a French restaurant with Komuro when they were university students described Komuro’s character as “gentle.”

“I’ve seen him walking with his mother every day to a nearby station. I’m sure he will be a good father if he has children. I want to say congratulations when I meet him,” Miki Kamitaka said.

Japanese rejoice over news of Princess Mako's planned engagement | The Japan Times
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“He was like a prince. He was studying hard about Fujisawa so he could promote the city. Since he was fluent in English, he would actively talk with foreign people,” said Rina Namikawa, a Fujisawa city worker who was chosen as “queen of the sea” alongside Komuro.

During his university years, Komuro had part-time jobs at a French restaurant and a cram school, where he taught English.

“He treated everybody the same way and was popular among students,” said Yasushi Abe, 58, who heads the cram school. “He listened to the students’ worries and tried to come up with solutions with them.”

Princess Mako's fiance-to-be proposed a year after they met, officials | The Japan Times
"Prince-like, very noble, polite and always smiling, liked by both men and women, wants to be involved in diplomacy, a fine man with an attractive smile, will be a good father, like a prince, fluent in English, would actively talk with foreign people, listened to worries, tried to come up with solutions." No doubt a fantastic royal consort.
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Do we know anything about Kei Komuros family background?
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I don't think much will be known at this stage of Kei Komuros family background, but from what we've seen so far of him, he seems a really nice fellow and the perfect candidate to marry an imperial princess!

The news is also on the front page of the BBC news website:

Japan monarchy: Princess Mako to lose royal status by marrying commoner - BBC News
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Do we know anything about Kei Komuros family background?
Kei Komuro is said to have noble blood on the maternal side.
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Kei Komura is said to have noble blood on the maternal side.
Thank you, thats what I was wondering about. Most Japanese royals that marry still chooses spouses from the elite, often with noble blood.
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:25 PM
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Japanese rejoice over news of Princess Mako's planned engagement | The Japan Times

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Nobuo Kuroyanagi, head of the Japan Tennis Association, where Princess Mako serves as honorary patron, [said] “When Princess Mako shows up at Ariake Coliseum (in Tokyo) where tennis matches are held, I can feel a warm atmosphere developing there,” he said.

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In Sapporo, Mika Ito, a 42-year-old part-time worker, said [...] As the princess will become a commoner when she marries under the Imperial House Law, Ito said, “I hope the princess will build bridges between the public and the Imperial family.”

A 50-year-old company worker in the city of Kawasaki was delighted to hear the news, but he expressed regret that the princess will lose her royal status upon her marriage even though she has been engaging enthusiastically in her official duties.

A woman in her 70s who lives near the residence of the princess and her family in Tokyo speculated that Princess Mako has chosen a dependable person for her fiance because she herself must be a dependable person. “I wish for their happiness,” she said.

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A 26-year-old postgraduate student in Tokyo said Imperial household matters were something “distant” to her. But she hoped that the princess will “continue to do what she wants to do even after marriage.”

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A 27-year-old company worker in the city of Osaka said Komuro must have had an “extraordinary determination” in deciding to get married to an Imperial family member.

“I wish the two will build a family that reflects our time,” he said.
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Old 05-22-2017, 11:03 AM
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happy news for mako and her partner, although sad to see her losing her imperial status. in any case, i look forward to the wedding!
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Princess Mako's official engagement with classmate eyed in summer - The Mainichi
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Princess Mako, the first grandchild of Emperor Akihito, will officially become engaged to a university classmate most likely in summer, the Imperial Household Agency said Thursday.

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The agency confirmed their impending engagement after news of it broke on May 16.

[Agency chief Shinichiro] Yamamoto said initially that the two were to officially become engaged in fall but the agency is now considering moving up the schedule by a few months following media reports.

To hasten the announcement for their formal engagement would be in the best interest of the princess and her fiance-to-be, he said.

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IHA Grand Steward Shinichiro Yamamoto will officially announce Princess Mako's engagement to Kei Komuro on July 8th. The couple will hold a press conference that afternoon.

Source: Mainichi

ETA: English articles

Engagement of Princess Mako to be announced on July 8 - The Mainichi

Princess Mako's engagement to be officially announced on July 8 | The Japan Times

Asahi clarified it's still an informal engagement according to Japanese rites.

Princess Mako's engagement to be announced July 8: The Asahi Shimbun
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The informal engagement of Princess Mako with Kei Komuro, her former university classmate, will be officially announced July 8, the Imperial Household Agency said June 20.

It's been set for a Saturday so it doesn't interfere with Komuro’s job at a legal office.

The oldest of Emperor Akihito's four grandchildren will not become officially engaged until later when a separate betrothal rite, called "nosai no gi," is conducted at a formal ceremony.

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Mako [...] returned June 8 from an official visit to Bhutan, and has invited Komuro and his mother to the Imperial Palace several times.
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Details on Princess Mako and Kei Komuro's July 8th engagement announcement:
  • IHA staff will pick up Kei Komuro from Yokohama in the morning and take him to the Akishino residence
  • Grand Steward Shinichiro Yamamoto will report to the Emperor, Empress, and Akishino couple
  • Accompanied by Princess Mako, Mr. Komuro will visit the Imperial Palace where he will be introduced to Their Majesties
  • Grand Steward Shinichiro Yamamoto will announce the engagement at 11:15am
  • Princess Mako and Mr. Komuro will hold a press conference at 3pm
  • In the evening, Mr. Komuro and his mother Kayo will have dinner at the Akishino residence
Sources: Sankei, Mainichi

NHK reports Princess Mako and Kei Komuro met often for the past month to prepare for the announcement and press conference at the Akishino residence.
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The engagement announcement has been postponed due to heavy rain damage and casualties in southwestern Japan.

Deadly rains delays Princess Mako's engagement announcement - The Mainichi
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The government has decided to postpone Saturday's announcement of the engagement of Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, in light of record rains in southwestern Japan that have killed several people, according to sources close to the matter.

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Downpours continued Friday in Japan's southwestern main island of Kyushu, where extremely heavy rain has left six dead and hundreds trapped by floodwaters.
Princess Sayako's engagement announcement was postponed twice due to an earthquake in Niigata Prefecture and then Princess Takamatsu's death in 2004. [Sankei]
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It is unfortunate that the engagement announcement has been postponed.
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Princess Mako's engagement to be announced on Sept. 3 - The Mainichi
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Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, and her longtime boyfriend Kei Komuro will meet the press together on Sept. 3 for the announcement of their engagement, the Imperial Household Agency said Thursday.

The announcement had originally been planned for July 8 but the couple decided to postpone it in the wake of damage brought by heavy rain that hit southwestern Japan prefectures earlier in the month.

The agency proposed that the princess and Komuro, both 25 years old, earlier this month set another date for the announcement, while confirming reconstruction efforts in the devastated areas, according to the agency.

The new announcement day was fixed after the adjustment of schedules for the emperor, Empress Michiko, and the princess's parents Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko.

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On the morning of Sept. 3, the emperor is expected to carry out a procedure to approve their marriage. Agency chief Shinichiro Yamamoto will then hold a press conference to announce the couple's engagement after reporting to the emperor and empress, as well as the princess' parents, that he would make the announcement to the public.

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Their engagement will be formalized through a traditional rite of betrothal called "Nosai no Gi." It will be followed by a number of ceremonies in the run-up to their wedding expected for 2018.

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Cannot wait! I am very happy for the Imperial princess.
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Kei Komuro left his Kohoku-ku, Yokohama City residence around 8:45am and arrived at Akasaka Estate around 9:30am.

Photos: Asahi, Asahi 2

ETA: Princess Mako travelled to the Imperial Palace around 11:08am.
https://cdn.mainichi.jp/vol1/2017/09...0187000p/9.jpg
http://www.asahicom.jp/articles/imag...00794_comm.jpg

Another view of her hat: http://www.sankei.com/images/news/17...9030029-p2.jpg

Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko going to the Imperial Palace:
http://www.asahicom.jp/articles/imag...00809_comm.jpg

Imperial Household Agency announces Princess Mako's engagement - The Mainichi
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Agency Grand Steward Shinichiro Yamamoto made the announcement at a news conference in Tokyo.

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"Nosai no gi," an engagement ceremony in which Komuro's messenger will present betrothal gifts to Prince Akishino's family; and "Kokki no gi," a ceremony in which Komuro's messenger will notify Prince Akishino's family of the schedule of their marriage, will be held before their wedding, expected next year.

Prior to Yamamoto's news conference, Emperor Akihito held a ceremony to approve the marriage between Princess Mako and Komuro.

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Congratulations to The Princess and Mr Kei Komuro on their engagement

They look very happy and I wish them all the best.
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