Japan's Princess Mako's bid to marry her college boyfriend spotlights realities of married life

Japan's Crown Prince Akishino has stopped short of wholeheartedly embracing his eldest daughter's wish to marry a commoner, amid impropriety concerns and worries she might struggle financially once out of the royal fold. The 55-year-old prince, who is next in line to the Chrysanthemum Throne, told reporters last month that he “approved” of Princess Mako marrying Kei Komuro, “if that is what they really want”. Cyber Okan, Japanese designer breaking all the kimono rules But he mentioned an …

Japan's Princess Mako's bid to marry her college boyfriend spotlights realities of married life
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The fantasy action movie Monster Hunter has been pulled from cinemas in China a ...

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Hong Kong finance minister sounds alarm over city's financial stability as recurrent spending nears half a trillion dollars a year

Hong Kong finance minister sounds alarm over city's financial stability as recurrent spending nears half a trillion dollars a year
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Carbon monoxide leak at Chinese coal mine kills 23

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Satellite images show that China is developing a village near Doklam, a border area ...

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More than 7,000 people joined local tours as part of Hong Kong's push to ...

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US diplomats in Cuba, China likely targeted with microwave radiation, report finds

US diplomats in Cuba, China likely targeted with microwave radiation, report finds
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A new report by a National Academy of Sciences committee has found that “directed” ...

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Docking done, China's Chang'e moon mission is ready to return to Earth

Docking done, China's Chang'e moon mission is ready to return to Earth
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China's Chang'e 5 unmanned probe completed a tricky docking manoeuvre with a spacecraft orbiting ...

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Hong Kong police freeze part of fugitive Ted Hui's bank accounts, as they investigate whether he broke law during HK$3.5 million crowdfunding campaign

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Indonesia's social affairs minister turned himself in to anti-corruption authorities on Sunday to face ...

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Nurses in the Philippines can't go abroad, but there are few opportunities at home

Nurses in the Philippines can't go abroad, but there are few opportunities at home
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Lorna Sianen Pagaduan was en route to a new nursing job in Libya when ...

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China's army of upcoming college grads brace to compete for jobs with a familiar rival – the class of 2020's unhired alumni

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong infectious disease expert warns Christmas travellers could cause fifth or sixth wave of Covid-19 in city

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Amid Malaysia's political chaos, is the country's king carving out a new place for himself?

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Recent months have seen Malaysia's king take on a prominent role in the country's ...

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‘We will still win it': Trump says to supporters at first post-election rally

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China-Australia row: from trade to coronavirus and foreign interference

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In Australia, a Sikh community thrives where racial animosities are cast aside

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Taliban peace deal will help Afghanistan in fighting IS, says Afghan security official

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Pentagon denies blocking Biden transition team from meeting with defence intelligence agencies

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From Saint Mark's Square to the Rialto Bridge, Venice lights up in gold to brighten the Christmas spirit

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Beijing's South China Sea military bases ‘are vulnerable to attack and will be of little use in a war'

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Angels and demons: Saint Nicholas delivers for Czech children with drive-through delights

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Early morning fire guts 19th-century Manhattan church that houses New York's Liberty Bell

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Japanese capsule lands on Earth bringing eagerly awaited asteroid samples after space trip of more than 5 billion kilometres

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UK's Boris Johnson and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen fail to break Brexit deadlock, with more talks planned

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Billionaire Jeff Bezos says his Blue Origin space company will take first woman to the moon's surface

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The UK is reportedly granting a record ‘five passports a minute' to Hong Kong residents

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Intruders crash Paris protest against security bill on use of police images

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Thousands of Armenians join protest demanding Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan's resignation

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