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Japan crown prince accepts daughter's long-delayed marriage

Akishino says issues remain before people can congratulate the couple

Crown Prince Akishino turns 55 on Nov. 30. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)

TOKYO -- Japan's Crown Prince Akishino has approved of the long-delayed marriage of his eldest daughter, Princess Mako, to former college classmate Kei Komuro, saying that he respects the wishes of the young couple.

"If they truly want it, then I should respect that as her parent," said Akishino, who turns 55 on Monday, in a news conference ahead of his birthday. At the same time, he said the couple has not done enough to create a "situation where many people would congratulate them."

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