Princess Mako's boyfriend to meet her parents ahead of marriage

Kyodo -- Oct 16
Princess Mako's boyfriend Kei Komuro will meet her parents on Monday ahead of their marriage scheduled for later this month, the Imperial Household Agency said Friday, with an unresolved financial dispute involving his mother clouding the celebratory mood.

The announcement came as Komuro, 30, arrived in Japan last month from the United States, where he works at a law firm, to prepare for the marriage that was imperiled by the dispute between his mother and her former fiance. He completed a two-week coronavirus quarantine period earlier this week.

During a meeting at the Akasaka Estate, Komuro is expected to explain to Crown Prince Fumihito and Crown Princess Kiko the trouble between his mother and her former fiance over 4 million yen ($35,000), including money spent on his education.

The couple will meet each other for the first time in about three years, as he left for New York in August 2018 to study at Fordham University's law school, from which he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in May this year.

His return to Japan caused a media frenzy last month, with his new ponytail hairdo and demeanor, such as keeping silent in front of the press, making headlines.

An official at the Imperial Household Agency will submit legal papers to register the couple's marriage on Oct. 26 on behalf of Princess Mako and Komuro, the agency said. The two are scheduled to hold a press conference afterward at a hotel in Tokyo, in the afternoon on the same day.