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Old 09-03-2017, 07:47 AM
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Congratulations to the couple!!
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Old 09-03-2017, 08:03 AM
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When the wedding date?
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Old 09-03-2017, 08:17 AM
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Engagement article from dutch media (which is nice, we don't get a huge amount of coverage for the Japan RF)
Prinses Mako verloofd met Kei Komuro|Prive| Telegraaf.nl

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Old 09-03-2017, 08:29 AM
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Princess Mako looks so happy and in love! They make a cute couple.

I love what she said in the interview. She is very down to earth
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Old 09-03-2017, 09:16 AM
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Here are some more photos:


** gettyimages gallery ** gettyimages gallery 2 **


** dailymail: Japan princess announces engagement with commoner **


** dailymail: Japanese princess engaged to college love; wedding next year **
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Old 09-03-2017, 01:35 PM
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The list of spares is getting shorter.

The Imperial Family is down to, how many is it now? 16 or so? Of which the majority are women.
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Old 09-03-2017, 01:44 PM
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According this article they are 18 after Mako's wedding

"Under the Imperial House Law, Princess Mako will leave the Imperial Family after marrying Komuro, who remains a commoner, thus reducing the number of Imperial Household members, including the Emperor and Empress, to 18. "

https://mainichi.jp/articles/2017090...0m/0na/003000c

All the members with Mako 19

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_House_of_Japan

14 women ( Muhler you are right!!)
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Old 09-03-2017, 01:49 PM
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Thanks, Eya.

And only four, including the Emperor, are men...

A reform may be overdue! Especially since a survey showed about 85 % being in favor of women becoming the ruling empress.
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Old 09-03-2017, 02:39 PM
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So...in 100 years or less the line will be no more?


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Old 09-03-2017, 02:44 PM
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Thanks, Eya.

And only four, including the Emperor, are men...
Five:
The Emperor, The Crown Prince, Prince Akishino. Prince Hisahito and the Emperor's brother Prince Hitachi
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Old 09-03-2017, 03:20 PM
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So...in 100 years or less the line will be no more?


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Perhaps less.
Because the Emperor is on his way out. The Crown Prince is on his way in, so they can't be counted among the spares.

That leaves three spares... (Thanks Stefan) - before emergency measures may have to be taken.
That's dangerously few!
To paraphrase Ten Little... (well, you know):
Three little spares walked towards the throne - one died and then there were two.
Two little spares walked... - one turned out unsuitable and then there was one...
One little spare turned out to be sterile and then there were none...
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I'm not up to speed on the Japanese monarchy ...do any of the few remaining have children that can inherit?


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Old 09-03-2017, 03:58 PM
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Engagement of Princess Mako and Kei Komuro: September 2017

There is the emperor and his 2 sons. The Crown Prince has only a girl, his brother has one son. The emperor's brother has no children. So if the lone male grandson doesn't have any male children, the throne is in trouble. I did a quick Wikipedia search. Hirohito's brothers don't have any surviving male members. So there are no cousins of the emperor to take over if the current line runs out of males.
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When the wedding date?
Probably late summer or fall 2018.

It's official: Princess Mako to marry former university classmate | The Japan Times
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The couple’s wedding ceremony is planned for next year, but not before summer, the agency said.

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Their engagement will become official in Imperial terms after the completion of the traditional rite of betrothal called Nosai no Gi, in which Komuro’s messenger visits the princess’ Imperial residence with gifts to formally vow engagement. The couple will go through several more rites until the wedding, including the Kokki no Gi, in which the wedding date will be announced by Komuro’s messenger.

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Princess Mako's tax-exempt lump sum is expected to be around 130 - 140 million Yen. [Sankei]

When asked what they call each other, Princess Mako said they are now using each other's first names. She refrained from a demonstration. Throughout the press conference, Kei Komuro referred to Mako as "Miya-sama" and she called him "Komuro-san." [Sankei 2]

ANN’s 7-minute version:

FNN’s full 13-minute press conference:

ETA: Princess Mako and fiance Kei wax lyrical over heavenly love:The Asahi Shimbun
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Old 09-03-2017, 04:36 PM
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There is the emperor and his 2 sons. The Crown Prince has only a girl, his brother has one son. The emperor's brother has no children. So if the lone male grandson doesn't have any male children, the throne is in trouble. I did a quick Wikipedia search. Hirohito's brothers don't have any surviving male members. So there are no cousins of the emperor to take over if the current line runs out of males.
Oh that is cutting it thin...things rest on one boy. Interesting that the line has so few children.


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Old 09-03-2017, 04:55 PM
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It's more of a male only inherits that's a problem. If they allowed women to inherit, then it isn't a issue anymore. But with the current rules, once a Japanese princess marries, she is no longer a member of the royal family.

Even the British throne would have a hard time surviving if it only allowed male heirs. The Houses of Stuart, Hanover, Windsor all descend through a female line.
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Thanks for the update!
Princess Mako and Mr Komura look nice together.
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They're a good looking young couple! I wish them all the best. I've been so impressed by what I've seen of Mako. She seems demure, (by Western standards), cheerful, and proper without being stiff. She's very self possessed.
I like that her future husband looks at her like he knows what a lucky man he is!
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Congratulations to Princess Mako and Kei Komuro!
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Congratulations to them! They are certainly an attractive young couple, and they seem to both be sweet people, and very happy together. Wishing them a long lifetime of happiness and love
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