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Japan's imperial wedding drama a clash between old and new

Lingering resistance to idea that marriage is an individual choice

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Princess Mako and her fiancee Kei Komuro smile during a press conference to announce their engagement in September 2017: Westerners inculcated with modern democratic values will wonder what the fuss is about.     © Reuters

Stephen Givens is a corporate lawyer based in Tokyo.

As students of the House of Windsor are all too aware, bad marriage choices and airing of the sordid details in the tabloids have done much to tarnish the dignity and aura of mystery necessary to maintain a monarchy in a modern democracy.

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