MARRIAGE OF PRINCESS MAKO STILL UP IN THE AIR
The planned marriage between Princess Mako, a niece of Emperor Naruhito, and her boyfriend Kei Komuro remains up in the air amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, two years after Komuro began studying at a New York law school.
The wedding was originally scheduled to take place in 2018, but was postponed for two years following a string of reports that Komuro's mother was having a dispute with her former fiance over money, including her son's educational expenses, which the man was shouldering, according to Kyodo News.
The couple, both 28, has yet to make any official announcements about their wedding plans.
The eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and her boyfriend from university days announced their planned engagement in September 2017.
But the Imperial Household Agency said in February 2018 the couple would delay their marriage, which would have taken place on Nov. 4 that year, until 2020, saying the two needed more time to prepare.
Komuro, who enrolled in law school at Fordham University in August 2018, has taken online classes amid the pandemic. He has done internships and wrote a report on crowdfunding that was published in a local legal journal.
He is planning to take the bar exam in the United States after finishing his studies at the university next year.
According to a source familiar with the couple, they still plan to get married and frequently communicate with each other through video calls.