Prince Fumihito stands firm over postponement of daughter's marriage
Japan Today -- Nov 30
Prince Fumihito (Akishino)has adopted a strict stance over the postponement of his daughter Princess Mako's marriage with university boyfriend Kei Komuro, asking Komuro's family to resolve outstanding financial issues if they want the wedding to go ahead.

"If the two still have feelings for marriage, there should be responses accordingly," Prince Fumihito, the younger son of Emperor Akihito, said at a press conference held before his 53rd birthday Friday.

The Komuro side "needs to clear the issue," Prince Fumihito said of the financial dispute hanging over the family, asking them to make their explanations publicly.

"If (their marriage) cannot be celebrated by many people, we cannot hold the betrothal ceremony of "Nosai no Gi," which was originally scheduled to take place on March 4, this year.

In September 2017, the couple announced their engagement after receiving the emperor's blessing and said their wedding would take place on Nov 4, 2018.

But the Imperial Household Agency said in February the couple would push back the schedule until 2020, with the princess saying through the agency she "came to recognize the lack of time to make sufficient preparations."

The abrupt postponement followed 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.

News source: Japan Today
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