Not a royal wedding: Why Japan’s Princess Mako wants freedom instead

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Hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Toyko, home to top high-tech firms like Sony, Canon and Nintendo and a haven for Manga and Anime fans, Japan has flaunted its credentials as a progressive country all year long. But behind the scenes, life in Japan is largely shaped by conservative values. Take the case of Japanese Princess Mako who is preparing to marry her college sweetheart, Kei Komuro. Their plans to wed later this year were announced just before the Paralymic Games ended on September 5. However, the wedding will be held without any of the usual Imperial ceremonies, sparking…

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