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Princess Mako’s marriage draws mixed reactions

Tokyo, Oct. 1 (Jiji Press)–People in Tokyo expressed mixed reactions Friday to news that Japan’s Princess Mako will marry her commoner boyfriend Kei Komuro on Oct. 26.

The news came four years after Princess Mako, a niece of Emperor Naruhito, and Komuro, both 29, announced their informal engagement.

“Four years were too long,” a restaurant worker in her 80s said. “If I were a parent, I would have allowed them to marry a little earlier.”

“The marriage was decided by themselves. I want them to become happy,” she said.

A 44-year-old restaurant worker said she felt sorry that Princess Mako has been diagnosed with complex posttraumatic stress disorder after coming under fire about a money scandal involving Komuro’s mother.

“People talk about various things too much,” she said, voicing hopes that the couple will be left alone after their marriage.

A 51-year-old self-employed woman from Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, said questions remain with regard to the money issues of the Komuro family.

But she said, “Now that the marriage was formally decided, I want the couple to start a new life with dreams and hopes.”

A 20-year-old university student from Tokyo’s Hino said the marriage of the couple who will move to the United States without holding related ceremonies or receiving a lump-sum celebratory money is “like an elopement.”

“After marriage, they will become an ordinary couple,” he said. “I want media to avoid bombarding them with questions and see them off without making a fuss.”

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