Fairytale romance: Japanese princess gives up her royal status to marry commoner

Japanese princess gives up her royal status to marry a piano-loving commoner she fell for because of his 'bright smiles like the sun'

Princess Mako and Komuro met five years ago when they were students at International Christian University in Tokyo.

Princess Mako from the royal family of Japanese Emperor Akihito's announced on Sunday that she is getting married to a university classmate who won her heart with bright smiles and sincerity.

Princess Mako of Akishino has officially announced that she will be abandoning her royal status to marry for love.

The two 25-year-olds have been engaged since 2013, though the public didn't know about it until this year.

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Mako and fiancé Kei Komuro, both 25, confirmed the news at a press conference on Sunday after news of the planned engagement was first reported in May. Komuro responded, "Princess Mako quietly looks over me like the moon".

In a stunning announcement, Japan's Princess Mako told media about her decision to marry a non-royal after receiving the emperor's approval.

In Japan, female members of imperial family have to lose their status upon choosing a commoner for marriage under a controversial rule, whereas male members are exempted from it. "Having a family still goes beyond my imagination, but I hope to make one that is warm, comfortable and filled with smiles", she said, while everyone went "aaaaah" again. They announcement was originally planned for July, but they chose to postpone it following the heavy rains and flooding in northern Kyushu that month.

As a result, lawmakers in June approved a bill that will allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate in 2018, which marks the first time since 1817 that a Japanese monarch has voluntarily stepped down while living.

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However, the happy news also bears with it the foreboding that it could spell disaster for the future of a royal family facing concerns about a declining population to keep their 2,600-year-old bloodline going.

Mr Komuro is studying business law and works at a law firm. She has a master's degree from the University of Leicester and has been working as a researcher at a museum.

Komuro, the young perspective lawyer, added he sincerely recognizes that grave responsibility that he bears - the marriage with the princess is the great honour and privilege.

His eldest son, Drown Prince Naruhito will take over the position.

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