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Former princess Mako's marriage holds a mirror to Japan

Controversial union shows why reform to patriarchal system should start at the top

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Mako Komuro, former Japan's Princess Mako, and her newly married husband Kei check in before they board a flight bound for New York at Haneda airport on Nov. 14: the imperial family would be a great place to initiate change.   © Reuters

Nobuko Kobayashi is a partner with EY Strategy and Consulting Co., Ltd., Strategy and Transactions -- EY-Parthenon.

Earlier this month former princess Mako, now Mrs. Mako Komuro and niece to Emperor Naruhito, left Narita for JFK airport with her new husband and college sweetheart, Kei Komuro.

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