Crown Prince of Japan reveals HE decided his daughter Princess Mako shouldn’t have a traditional Shinto wedding due to husband’s financial scandal – and wishes couple ‘all the best’ despite not attending ceremony
The Crown Prince of 일본 has revealed he made the decision his daughter Princess Mako should not have any traditional wedding rites because of the scandal surrounding her new husband’s finances.
마코, eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of reigning Emperor Naruhito, gave up her royal title to marry ‘commoner’ Kei Komuro last month in a small civil ceremony without any of the traditional Shinto rituals.
The couple have since moved to a one-bedroom apartment in New York, where Komuro works as a lawyer.
Crown Prince Fumihito, 56, said in statements published today that he made a ‘judgement call’ that the day should be held without ceremony due to the public unease around his son-in-law’s financial history.
마코, eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of reigning Emperor Naruhito, gave up her royal title to marry ‘commoner’ Kei Komuro last month in a small civil ceremony without any of the traditional Shinto rituals. Her father revealed it had been his decision
There is a dispute over whether Komuro’s mother owes her former fiancé money. She claims he gave her an amount to put towards her son’s education as a gift, he says it was a loan that was not paid.
After announcing his engagement to Mako, Komuro published a statement defending himself, but it is still unclear if the dispute has been fully resolved. It has also not been enough to win over the Japanese public.
영상에서, released today, Fumihito said his daughter had wanted to address the issue at a press conference on her wedding day but that she pulled out for mental health reasons.
‘Up until the last minute Mako had wanted the press conference to be a two-way one but it was difficult due to her complex PTSD,’ the crown prince said, adding that it would have been better if Komuro had the ‘opportunity to speak and answer questions directly’ regarding the financial troubles of his family.
The Crown Prince of Japan has blasted the coverage of his daughter’s recent wedding, saying ‘horrible’ things were written on social media and in mainstream news
Instead the couple read a pre-prepared statement and provided written answers to five questions submitted in advance by members of the media.
Fumihito said he sent his daughter of on her wedding day with the best wishes for their new life in the US and that they had decided it would be the ‘best thing for them’.
The prince also indicated the imperial family might take action against news outlets that publish false information about its members in future.
‘If you read the tabloids, 잘 – I’m not sure how to say this exactly – but there’s a lot of things in there that are fabricated, although there are also some opinions we should listen to,’ Akishino said when asked about the connection between media coverage and his daughter’s diagnosis.
Though Japan was captivated when Mako and Komuro, who she met at university, 약혼을 발표했다 2017, revelations of the scandal touched off intense media scrutiny and criticism.
‘As for articles on the internet, there are also lots of comments… and some of them say really terrible things,’ Akishino added.
Referring to recent cases of suicide by Japanese celebrities after campaigns of criticism on social media, 그는 말했다: ‘There are people who have been deeply hurt by such slanders on the internet and there are people who lost their lives as a result of that.
‘Slanders, words that hurt people deeply, should not be tolerated wherever they are: on the internet or in magazines.’
Some royal watchers said the furore over Mako’s marriage, which even sparked protests against the wedding, might have been toned down with more adept handling by the Imperial Household Agency (IHA), which runs the family’s lives, pointing to how similar incidents are handled by royals overseas.
The prince revealed he sent Mako off on her wedding day with best wishes for her new life in the United States, as the couple had decided ‘it was the best thing for them’. 사진, Mako says goodbye to her family ahead of her pared back marriage service
Akishino said the IHA does sometimes correct ‘mistaken’ information on its website but implied more might be needed.
‘If you are going to argue against an article, you have to set proper standards and then protest when those are exceeded,’ 그는 말했다.
‘Negative coverage may continue, so I think it is necessary to consider setting such standards in consultation with the IHA.’
현재, members of the family are generally expected to stoically weather any criticism with little public complaint.
일본은 여러모로 현대적으로 보이지만, 가족 관계와 여성의 지위에 대한 가치는 종종 구식으로 간주되며 봉건 관행에 뿌리를 두고 있습니다..
The Crown Prince with his wife, daughters Mako (왼쪽) and Kiko (권리) and son Hisahito in 2011
그러한 견해는 결혼에 대한 대중의 반응에서 더욱 두드러졌습니다.. 일부 일본인은 납세자가 황실 제도를 지원하기 때문에 그러한 문제에 대해 발언권이 있다고 생각합니다..
다른 공주들은 평민과 결혼하고 궁전을 떠났습니다.. 그러나 Mako는 그러한 대중의 항의를 처음으로 이끌어 냈습니다., 소셜 미디어와 현지 타블로이드의 열광적인 반응 포함.
설문 조사에 따르면 최대 80 일본인의 퍼센트는 도쿄의 등록 사무소에서 일반적인 화려함과 의식 없이 이루어진 결혼에 반대합니다..
Pomp and pageantry: Imperial weddings in Japan are a far cry from Princess Mako’s registry office service
Akihito, wearing a sokutai and holding a shaku, a dress reserved for members of the imperial family, at his wedding to Michiko in 1959. The couple went on to become the emperor and empress, and left the throne in 2019
Following the wedding ceremony, Japanese Crown Prince Akihito and his bride, former Michiko Shoda, pose together before beginning triumphant drive thru streets of Tokyo. The couple wore traditional Japanese costumes for the actual wedding ceremony
Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko wave to well-wishers on the coach at a parade after the royal wedding on April 10, 1959 도쿄에서
Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko of Akishino, Mako’s parents, pose with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko after the ‘Kekkon-no-Gi’ wedding ceremony on June 29, 1990
Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, now the Emperor and Empress, waving to people during the parade after their wedding ceremony in Tokyo in 1993
Thousands of well-wishers gathered on the streets of Tokyo and waved flags as the newlyweds passed in their open-top car
Masako looked radiant in a white wedding dress with twinkling tiara as she joined her new husband in the car in June 1993