Japan crown prince says he 'approves' of daughter's marriage
Kyodo -- Nov 30
Crown Prince Fumihito, the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito, has said he "approves" of his daughter Princess Mako marrying her university boyfriend Kei Komuro, but reiterated that Komuro's mother must solve a money dispute she is involved in first.

"I mean, I approve of them getting married. The Constitution says marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes. If that is what they really want, then I think that is something I need to respect as a parent," the crown prince told a press conference in Tokyo held ahead of his 55th birthday on Monday.

In a statement issued earlier this month, Princess Mako, 29, expressed strong resolve to go ahead with her marriage, which was originally scheduled in 2018 but pushed back following reports of a dispute between Komuro's mother and her former fiance over money, including educational expenses for her son that the man shouldered.

At the time, the Imperial Household Agency quoted the crown prince and his wife Crown Princess Kiko as saying they "respect" the couple's feelings.

His latest comments came as the prince, commonly known as Crown Prince Akishino, was responding to reporters who asked him at the press conference to elaborate on what he meant.

However, he also said no schedule has been set for his daughter's wedding, maintaining his view that the Komuros must resolve the outstanding money issue.

秋篠宮さまが55歳の誕生日を迎え、長女の眞子さまと小室圭さんの結婚を認めると話されました。一方で、「結婚と婚約は違う」とも話し、婚約の儀式を行うかどうかには触れられませんでした。  秋篠宮さまは誕生日にあたっての会見で、「結婚することを認めるということです。憲法にも結婚は両性の合意のみに基づくというのがあります」と述べられました。一方で、「結婚と婚約は違う」とも話し、延期されている婚約の儀式を行うかどうかには言及されませんでした。宮内庁の幹部は「今は見守るしかない」「ご発言をもって何かがすぐ動くことはないのでは」などと話しています。小室さんはアメリカの大学に留学中ですが、代理人はこれまでのANNの取材に対して「今のところ帰国の予定はない」と話しています。
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