A member of Japan's royal family, Princess Mako, is to surrender her royal status by marrying a commoner.
The 25‑year‑old eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito will become engaged to law firm worker Kei Komuro, also 25, whom she met while studying together.
Japan's imperial law requires a princess to leave the royal family after marrying a commoner.
The move, first reported by local media, is expected to reignite debate on the ever‑shrinking royal family.
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