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“Fabricated”: Japan’s Crown Prince On Media Coverage Of Daughter’s Marriage

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Former Princess Mako and her fiancee Kei Komuro smile during a press conference. (To file)

Tokyo:

The Crown Prince of Japan slammed the media on Tuesday for falsehoods and “terrible things” in their coverage of the engagement of his daughter, former Princess Mako, who relinquished her royal status to marry a non-royal last month .

Mako, 30, has postponed her marriage to Kei Komuro, 30, for about three years due to opposition resulting from a scandal involving his mother. Mako was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder during this time.

Under Japanese law, Mako relinquished her royal status when the two tied the knot by submitting documents to a local office and moved to New York City this month.

Crown Prince Akishino, brother of the emperor, made the remarks, unusually frank for a Japanese royal, at a press conference to mark his 56th birthday.

“If you read the tabloids, well – I don’t know how to say that exactly – but there’s a lot in there that is fabricated, although there are also opinions we should listen to,” said Akishino when asked about the connection between media coverage and his daughter’s diagnosis.

Although Japan was captivated when Mako and Komuro, a lawyer in the United States, announced their engagement in 2017, revelations of the scandal sparked intense media scrutiny and criticism.

“When it comes to articles on the internet, there are also a lot of comments … and some are saying really terrible things,” Akishino added. “There are people who are deeply hurt by this slander. “

Some royal watchers said the fury over Mako’s wedding, which even sparked protests against the wedding, could have been dampened by more skillful management on the part of the Imperial Household Agency (IHA), which runs the life of the family, highlighting how similar incidents are handled by royal overseas.

Akishino said the IHA sometimes corrects “wrong” information on its website, but suggested more may be needed.

“If you oppose an article, you have to set appropriate standards and then protest when those are exceeded,” he said. “The negative coverage may continue, so I think there is a need to consider establishing such standards in consultation with the IHA.”

(This story was not edited by DAILYNEWSCATCH staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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