Japan’s Former Princess Mako and Husband Begin New Life in US

By Reuters
November 14, 2021 Updated: November 14, 2021

TOKYO—Japan’s former princess Mako departed the country with her husband on Sunday before landing in New York City to start a new life in the United States.

Known as Mako Komuro after giving up her royal title to marry college sweetheart Kei Komuro last month, the former royal and her husband, both 30, walked past waiting journalists at Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport before boarding an ANA flight. Well-wishers waved from the terminal as it left the gate.

Mako Komuro, former Japan's Princess Mako
Mako Komuro, former Japan’s Princess Mako and the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, is seen before she and her newly married husband Kei board a flight bound for New York, at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan, on Nov. 14, 2021. (Issei Kato/Reuters)

After arriving at New York’s JFK International Airport, she was photographed wearing a green overcoat and white mask as luggage was loaded into a vehicle.

The couple’s marriage captivated Japan and ignited a public dialogue about media coverage of the royal family. Mako was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder this year after their engagement was plagued by a money scandal, intense media scrutiny, and the couple’s three-year separation.

After the wedding, Mako, daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, received her first passport so she could accompany Kei to New York, where he works at a law firm.