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« Reply #60 on: July 02, 2018, 11:45:02 pm »

They are a goodlooking young couple who look very very happy. Congrats to them.
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« Reply #61 on: July 23, 2018, 03:00:18 pm »

He’s Supposed to Marry a Japanese Princess. Just Don’t Call Him Her Fiancé.

TOKYO — Ordinarily, Fordham University Law School in New York does not publicize an incoming student who is about to matriculate.

But Kei Komuro is no ordinary student. He is the fiancé of Princess Mako, the eldest grandchild of Japan’s Emperor Akihito, head of the world’s oldest monarchy.

Or is he?

On Thursday, in response to a request by Japan’s Imperial Household Agency, which oversees the ceremonial functions and protocols of the royal family, Fordham removed a phrase from a news release that had trumpeted Mr. Komuro, a paralegal in Tokyo, as the “fiancé of Princess Mako of Japan.”

As demonstrated by the recent wedding of Prince Harry of Britain and Meghan Markle, a biracial, divorced American, any commoner who marries into a royal family is subjected to intense scrutiny.

The relationship of Mr. Komuro and Princess Mako, a 26-year-old doctoral student at International Christian University in Tokyo, where the couple first met as undergraduates, was at first celebrated when the pair came out publicly in May of last year.

But public opinion curdled late last year when several tabloid magazines reported that Mr. Komuro’s mother had borrowed 4 million yen, or about $36,000, from an ex-boyfriend and then failed to repay it.

Shortly after the reports surfaced, the Imperial Household Agency announced that Mr. Komuro and the princess, the niece of Crown Prince Naruhito, who will ascend to the throne when his father abdicates next spring, would postpone their wedding, originally scheduled for this fall, to 2020. That has fueled speculation that the relationship may be on the rocks.

The agency, which closely guards every tradition associated with the royal family, also indefinitely delayed a formal royal engagement ceremony, known as Nosai no Gi, for the princess and Mr. Komuro.

So when Fordham, in announcing that Mr. Komuro would embark on a master’s degree in law on a full scholarship in August, described him as the princess’s fiancé, the designation ruffled the Imperial Household Agency.

Mr. Komuro “does not have the status of being engaged and therefore is not a fiancé,” an agency spokesman told reporters this week in Tokyo.

In a statement, Fordham Law said it had decided to amend the news release after consulting with both the agency and Mr. Komuro.

“Out of respect for the long traditions and practices of the Imperial Household Agency, we decided to remove the word ‘fiancé’ from the announcement because the betrothal ceremony has not yet been held,” it said.

Japanese tabloids speculated that either the Imperial Household Agency had nudged Mr. Komuro out of the country or that he had decided to flee to the United States to escape continuous prying by the news media. Commentators on social media were swift to criticize Mr. Komuro’s motives.

On Twitter, @momimojiko suggested that Mr. Komuro had used his connection to Princess Mako to gain admission and a scholarship from Fordham and its prestigious law school.

“He will betray us again and again in the future,” @momimojiko wrote. “The engagement should be canceled immediately, like tomorrow.”


The IHA is evil.

The Winds could do with some whipping like this though. The IHA needs to lessen their hold of terror and the grey men need to step up.
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