Crown Prince Akishino urges daughter to update Japanese public on marriage amid lingering questions over postponement
Japan Times -- Dec 01
Crown Prince Akishino, the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito, has urged his daughter Princess Mako to update the public on her planned marriage to boyfriend Kei Komuro by February.

“This coming February marks two years” since the postponement announcement, the crown prince said at a news conference ahead of his 54th birthday Saturday. “I believe something must be announced about it.”

The crown prince’s eldest daughter and Komuro announced their planned engagement in September 2017 and said their wedding would take place on Nov. 4, 2018.

But the Imperial Household Agency said in February 2018 that the couple would delay their marriage until 2020, following a string of reports that Komuro’s mother is involved in a dispute over money, including her son’s educational expenses, which her former fiance shouldered.

Princess Mako, 28, said at that time through the agency she “came to recognize the lack of time to make sufficient preparations.” Komuro, a paralegal at a Tokyo law firm, has been studying at Fordham University’s law school in New York since August last year, aiming to pass the state’s bar exam.

Last year, the prince urged Komuro’s family to resolve outstanding issues if they want the wedding to go ahead, saying their marriage should be something that is “celebrated by many people.”

News source: Japan Times
Dec 12
A former top bureaucrat at the farm ministry admitted Wednesday to killing his socially reclusive son, during the first day of his high-profile trial in Tokyo. (Japan Times)
Dec 12
A man appealed Wednesday against the life sentence he was handed earlier this month for the 2018 murder of a 7-year-old girl in the city of Niigata, his lawyer said. (Japan Times)
Dec 12
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 30-year-old teacher at a high school in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture over the alleged molestation of a former pupil, reports TBS News (Dec. 10). (
Dec 11
Last remaining member of original group of 20 founding idols announces graduation, says she “still loves AKB48.” (
Dec 10
Empress Masako said Monday she is happy to have completed her duties as part of Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement rituals, and pledged to continue such work and help her husband more for the happiness of the people. (Japan Times)
Dec 08
A Buddhist temple in Kyoto is holding its annual year-end event serving cooked Japanese radish, or daikon, to pray for the good health of visitors. (NHK)
Dec 07
Prosecutors indicted on Friday actress Erika Sawajiri on charges of possessing the illegal drugs MDMA and LSD following her arrest last month. (Japan Today)
Dec 07
Police in Kitagata, Gifu Prefecture, have arrested a 25-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business after he pepper sprayed employees and customers at a supermarket in August. (Japan Today)
Dec 06
The Niigata District Court on Wednesday sentenced a 25-year-old man to life in prison for the sexual assault and murder of a 7-year-old schoolgirl last year. (Japan Times)
Dec 06
Police in Saitama City have arrested a 51-year-old Iranian man on suspicion of killing his 50-year-old Iranian ex-wife in a park. (Japan Today)