The Imperial Household Affairs of Japan announced that the third daughter of Prince Takamodo, a cousin of Emperor Akihito, would marry Kei Moriya.
The 32-year-old man was an employee of the NYK Line shipping company.
Ayako and Moriya are rumored to have had a relationship less than a year ago. Both will be engaged on 12 August.
the couple’s marriage will be held on October 29 at the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo.
According to Imperial Household Affairs, Ayako first got to know Moriya from her mother, Princess Takamodo, around December.
Princess Takamodo first gets to know Moriya’s parents while working in a local non-governmental organization (NGO).
Introduction Ayako and Moriya were initially unintentional. Initially, Takamodo aims to introduce Moriya to Ayako in order to be more familiar with community empowerment activities because they see the daughter is a graduate of social welfare.
Ayako and Moriya are known to have many similarities, especially hobbies. Both love to ski, read books, and traveling.
Since Moriya is not from the royal family, Ayako will be asked to leave the royal family when both are officially married. Even so, Ayako will be given allowances in the form of money estimated at US $ 1 million.
Ayako was not the first Japanese princess to abandon his status as an imperial family. In May, Ayako’s cousin, Princess Mako, announced she would marry a lawyer, Kei Komoro.
However, in February, both decided to postpone marriage until 2020 due to reasons of readiness.
Ayako is not a direct descendant of Emperor Akihito who plans to step down from the throne in 2019. Therefore, the news of his wedding plans are not too publicly highlighted Japanese public like Princess Mako.
Even so, Ayako’s marriage continues to spark questions about the future of the world’s oldest monarchy.
If Princess Ayako and Princess Mako really marry their marriage, the number of members of the royal family will be reduced to 17 people only. Her second marriage was certainly added to the royal family’s remaining task.
A resolution on the resignation rule of the Emperor in June called on the government to begin negotiating the issue of royal succession, including the proposal to raise back the royal princesses who had married ordinary citizens.
The proposal also encourages reform of the royal rules that allow new members to play a role in the duties of the kingdom.