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Princess Mako's new life after marriage: Three things to know

Japan will see emperor's niece depart for N.Y.

Japan's Princess Mako and Kei Komuro announce their engagement plans at a 2017 news conference.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan's Princess Mako will marry college sweetheart Kei Komuro on Oct. 26 after a long engagement, but hers is no ordinary royal wedding. Having endured intense media scrutiny for years, she hopes to embark on a new life with her husband away from her home country.

The pair will forgo traditional ceremonies carried out for imperial weddings. Mako has also declined the one-off payment granted to royals who leave the imperial household following intense criticism of financial trouble involving Komuro's mother.

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