Japan princess announces engagement with commoner
TOKYO — Japan’s Princess Mako and her fiancé—a commoner—announced their engagement Sunday, a match which will cost the princess her royal status according to a law that highlights the male-dominated nature of Japan’s monarchy.
Like all female imperial family members, Mako, who is Emperor Akihito’s eldest granddaughter, forfeits her status upon marriage to a commoner under a controversial tradition. The law does not apply to royal males. We’re sorry. You don't have permission to access this page. Please sign up to have full access to this page.