Crown princess wants to respect daughter's wish over delayed marriage
Japan Today -- Sep 11
Crown Princess Kiko, who celebrated her 54th birthday on Friday, said she wants to "respect as much as possible" the feelings of her eldest daughter Princess Mako, whose marriage to her boyfriend has been postponed for nearly two years.

"In regards to my eldest daughter's marriage, we should communicate extensively, and it is important that I accept my daughter's feelings as a parent and think about the matter together," the crown princess said in a statement.

Princess Mako and her university boyfriend Kei Komuro announced their planned engagement in September 2017 and later said their wedding would take place on Nov 4, 2018.

However, the event was postponed until 2020, following a string of reports that Komuro's mother was involved in a financial dispute with her former fiance.

The couple, both 28, have yet to make any official announcements about their wedding plans.

In the statement released by the Imperial Household Agency, the crown princess said it is important to exchange thoughts and ideas with her daughter despite their differences but did not reveal specific discussions they had or the outlook for the couple's marriage.

In November last year, Crown Prince Fumihito, the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito, urged Princess Mako to update the public by February 2020 on her marriage to Komuro, who enrolled in the law school at Fordham University in New York two years ago.

The crown princess also touched on the future and the possibility of marriage for her second daughter, Princess Kako, in the statement, saying, "I would like to emphasize the importance of communication and listen to her thoughts if we ever talk (about it)."

News source: Japan Today
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