Will the Komuros start to see good news now that they’re married?


Last week, the woman formerly known as Princess Mako married Kei Komuro – a line I can’t write without a whiff of sentimentality and a box of tissues nearby. You see, I’ve been secretly rooted for Mako for 3 and a half years. And so a bunch of my friends.

Reiko works at Narita Airport and was on duty when Komuro arrived there on September 27 before her wedding on Tuesday.

“I couldn’t believe the hubbub in Komuro-san’s hair,” she told me. “What if the guy had a ponytail?” He couldn’t get to a hairdresser in New York because of the pandemic, that’s all. Why can’t people leave the poor couple alone?

Ryoko, an acquaintance who works as a lawyer in New York City, agreed.

“I’m so glad the princess got married just after her 30th birthday,” she said. “In fact, she was planning to get married before she turned 30, but it didn’t work. Still, it’s only a three-day lag and she can tell herself that she has the 29-year-old limit. For Japanese women, there is a huge difference between getting married in their twenties and getting married after “the big three-oh”. That’s why I’m so glad she’s done with it all. She is now done with traditional Japanese values ​​and is free to live the rest of her life away from here.

Let’s hope so. The Komuros may not have had the kind of fairytale wedding we’ve seen with other royal couples, but this tale certainly had its share of dragons. One was the age question Ryoko mentioned, and there was the ponytail that Reiko was talking about. But these were just small chapters of a media frenzy and the public backlash that followed that defined the couple’s time in the spotlight.

The coverage took the form of polls – Aera dot. reported in March that 97.6% of those polled were against the nuptials – and by way of unwarranted comparisons – Daily Shincho pits Komuro, 30, against Mako’s aunt’s more ordinary husband, Sayako Kuroda, noting that Yoshiki Kuroda had a respectable was working for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government when he married a royal. Meanwhile, the results of the Komuro bar exam are still pending. Who knew that marrying a future lawyer could be considered a bad thing?

Finally, there was the scandal surrounding Kayo Komuro, Kei’s mother, and a financial dispute involving money she should have owed an ex-fiancé. Shukan Josei Prime provided a long summary of the events of the past year that is still on the site’s trending stories list.

Shortly before and after the wedding, however, there was a slight increase in positive coverage.

Perhaps to redeem themselves from all his insults, women’s magazine Josei Jishin recently published some good news about the couple. An October 19 article speculated on the future for the newlyweds in New York City.

“When Komuro passes the bar exam in December, his annual salary will reach around 20 million yen,” quotes a Japanese journalist in New York, who adds that it would not be enough to live comfortably there because of the cost of living. is high. Dear. The reporter says there are rumors that the Metropolitan Museum of Art is about to hire Princess Mako as a curator and, if that happens, her salary will rise to 15 million yen, this which will make their household an income of 35 million yen per year.

Another piece by Josei Jishin touted Komuro’s performance as a speaker, “He’s Like a Different Person,” the headline reads, adding that even professionals are in awe and maybe his time in the States. -Unis gave him confidence.

Some polls also seemed to have changed for the better. Josei Jishin points out that a Yomiuri Shimbun poll on October 4 and 5 found that 53% of those polled were happy with the marriage and 33% were against it, while an ANN poll on October 16 and 17 found that 61% were ready to celebrate the wedding as opposed to 24% who were not.

“Once Princess Mako makes it to the United States, online abuse and defamation will disappear,” a reporter close to the Imperial Agency told News Post Seven, although she said he there might still be interest or outrage towards Kayo Komuro.

Does that mean there will be some sort of cover reflection once things calm down a bit? The HuffPost Japan conducted a post-marriage assessment that denounced the Japanese society “of fierce denigration.”

“From a certain point, the abuse against Komuro’s mother escalated and became unstoppable,” said Yohei Mori, professor at Seijo University, adding that many did not care whether the media information were really true or not. “User comment sections on Yahoo! Japan shows that such a trend is quite obvious.

Meanwhile, Kazuko Ito, lawyer and general secretary of the non-governmental organization Human Rights Now, wrote in President magazine that the rhetoric surrounding Princess Mako’s marriage is abnormal.

“Marrying someone of your choice and acting of your own free will is a human right of critical importance,” she says. “To oppose this with public dissent is like bringing the clock back to the feudal era. … This indicates that the level of public awareness of human rights is very low in this country.

Hopefully Mako Komuro’s younger sister Princess Kako will have an easier time if and when she chooses to announce her wedding plans.

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