Japan’s crown prince criticizes ‘terrible things’ when media reports about his daughter’s marriage

FILE PHOTO: Princess Mako of Japan leaves home to get married at Akasaka estate in Tokyo
FILE PHOTO: Princess Mako of Japan waves from inside a car as she leaves home for a wedding ceremony at Akasaka Estate in Tokyo, Japan October 26, 2021 in this photo taken by Kyodo. Kyodo / via REUTERS

November 30, 2021

By Elaine Lies

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s crown prince on Tuesday criticized the media for falsehoods and “terrible things” in its coverage of the engagement of his daughter, former princess Mako, who has since given up. royal status to marry a non-royal last month.

Mako, 30, has postponed his marriage to Kei Komuro, 30, for about three years because of objections stemming from a scandal involving his mother. Mako was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder during that period.

Under Japanese law, Mako gave up her royal status when the two got married by filing paperwork at the local office and moving to live in New York this month.

Crown Prince Akishino, the emperor’s brother, made the remark, unusually outspoken for a Japanese royal, at a press conference celebrating his 56th birthday.

“If you read the tabloids – I’m not sure how exactly to say this – but a lot of it is fabricated, although there are also some opinions that we should listen to. ,” said Akishino when asked about the link between media coverage and his daughter’s diagnosis.

Although Japan was intrigued when Mako and Komuro, a lawyer in the United States, announced their engagement in 2017, revelations about the scandal have been met with intense media criticism and criticism. .

“For articles on the internet, there are also a lot of comments… and some of them say really terrible things,” added Akishino. “There are people who are deeply hurt by this slander.”

Some royal watchers said outrage over Mako’s marriage, which even sparked wedding protests, could have been tempered with a more deft handling of the Household Authority The Royal Family (IHA), the body that governs family life, shows how to handle similar cases. royals abroad.

Akishino said the IHA sometimes corrects “erroneous” information on its website but implied that more may be needed.

“If you are going to object to a paper, you have to set appropriate standards and then protest when those standards are exceeded,” he said. “Negative coverage could continue, so I think setting such standards should be considered in consultation with the IHA.”

(Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Karishma Singh) Japan’s crown prince criticizes ‘terrible things’ when media reports about his daughter’s marriage


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