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Japan princess to wed commoner, forcing her to quit royal family

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Princess Mako, the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, speaks to media with her fiancee Kei Komuro, a university friend of Princess Mako, during a press conference to announce their engagement at Akasaka East Residence in Tokyo, Japan, September 3, 2017. REUTERS/Shizuo Kambayashi/Pool

Princess Mako, the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and her fiancee Kei Komuro, a university friend of Princess Mako, smile during a press conference to announce their engagement at Akasaka East Residence in Tokyo, Japan, September 3, 2017. REUTERS/Shizuo Kambayashi/Pool TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Prince and Princess Akishino relax with their daughter Princess Mako (C) at their palace in Tokyo. Prince Akishino (R), brother of Crown Prince Naruhito, celebrates his 28th birthday November 30th . Photo taken 8NOV93

Japan’s Prince Akishino and his wife Princess Kiko pose with their daughters Mako (L) and Kako on the Akasaka Palace grounds in Tokyo, in this picture released by the Imperial Household Agency on November 29, 2005 for distribution on November 30, 2005. The prince celebrates his 40th birthday on Wednesday. Picture taken November 1, 2005. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY REUTERS/Imperial Household Agency/Handout

Japan’s Prince Akishino (R) and his daughters, Princess Mako (L) and Princess Kako, arrive at Aiiku hospital in Tokyo September 6, 2006 to see Princess Kiko and her newly-born baby boy. Princess Kiko gave birth on Wednesday to a baby boy, the first imperial male heir to be born in more than four decades and the answer to the prayers of conservatives keen to keep women off the ancient throne. REUTERS/Toshifumi Kitamura/Pool

Japan’s Princess Mako, the first daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, admires a wooden carving by Japanese sculptor Koun Takamura (1852-1934) titled “Sericulture nymph,” undergoing restoration at an artefact repository at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, in this handout picture taken October 8, 2011 and released by the Imperial Household Agency of Japan. Mako, a granddaughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, celebrates her 20th birthday on October 23, 2011. REUTERS/The Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout (JAPAN – Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Japan’s Prince Hisahito (C) is flanked by his sisters Princess Mako (L) and Princess Kako in the Akasaka imperial estate in Tokyo in this August 14, 2012 handout photo by the Imperial Household Agency of Japan made available to Reuters on September 6, 2012. Hisahito turned six on September 6, 2012. Picture taken August 14, 2012. REUTERS/The Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout (JAPAN – Tags: PROFILE ROYALS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Japan’s Prince Akishino (C) and his wife Princess Kiko (2nd R) are seated with their children Princess Mako (L-R), Prince Hisahito, and Princess Kako at the Akasaka imperial estate in Tokyo in this photo taken November 16, 2013 and released by Imperial Household Agency of Japan. Akishino, the second son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, celebrates his 48th birthday on November 30, 2013. REUTERS/Imperial Household Agency of Japan/Handout via Reuters (JAPAN – Tags: POLITICS ROYALS) ATTENTION EDITORS – FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Princess Mako (L) and Princess Kako wave to well-wishers during the Japanese royal family’s New Year public appearance at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo January 2, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN – Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT SOCIETY POLITICS)

Japan’s Princess Mako attends a concert at the National School of Music in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

Japan’s Princess Mako arrives before a meeting with Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes at the presidential residence in Asuncion, Paraguay September 8, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno

Japan’s Princess Mako is seen after her arrival at the Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Luque, Paraguay September 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno

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