Japan’s Princess Mako Postpones Wedding Until “At Least 2020”

  February 6, 2018 at 10:00 am by

The Imperial Household Agency issued a statement on Tuesday announcing that the wedding of Princess Mako of Akishino and Kei Komuro has been postponed “until at least 2020”.

“Lack of preparation” was cited by an IHA spokesperson, Takaharu Kaji, as the reason for the postponement – Princess Mako and Mr Komuro had been scheduled to become formally engaged on March 4th, with their wedding ceremony to take place in November.

A statement from the Princess was also released, in which she said that the couple believes they “have rushed various things”, that the postponement was caused by their “immaturity”, and that she “wishes to think about marriage more deeply and concretely”, while allowing for “sufficient time to prepare” for both the wedding and life after marriage (for upon marriage, Princess Mako will become a commoner).

She also stated that part of the reason for the postponement was the “series of ceremonies important for the Imperial Family” that will be taking place at the end of 2018 and into 2019 – namely, the abdication of her grandfather, Emperor Akihito, on April 30th, 2019.

Princess Mako and Mr Komuro announced their intention to marry last September.

An interesting turn of events, to say the least – for surely, a wedding held five months prior to the Emperor’s abdication wouldn’t take away from that important event?

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One Response to Japan’s Princess Mako Postpones Wedding Until “At Least 2020”

  1. RosieStroud says:

    Sounds like second thoughts to me.

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