Princess Mako to announce engagement


Princess Mako is 25 years old. She is the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino, who is the second son of the current Emperor.

Sources told NHK that she will become engaged to Kei Komuro, who lives in Yokohama, near Tokyo. They both studied at a university in Tokyo.

The couple is expected to hold a news conference after arrangements are made.

NHK has learned that Princess Mako is expected to announce her engagement to a man she met during her university studies. (NHK)

The wreckage of a Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force airplane that went missing on Monday was found in a mountain area in the northernmost Japan prefecture of Hokkaido on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said. (Jiji)

A group of major private music school operators said Tuesday they intend to take legal action against Japan’s largest copyright collection group after it emerged it would from next January levy copyright fees on schools using its music. (Japan Times)

The Japanese education ministry on Tuesday released draft plans for a new university entrance examination system, calling for fully shifting to privately managed English exams in fiscal 2020 or partially maintaining the current government-backed scheme for the subject until fiscal 2023. (Jiji)

A 50-year-old in custody on suspicion of theft was found by police to have hundreds of pairs of women’s underwear in his residence in Nagoya, reports TV Asahi. (tokyoreporter.com)

A bus carrying 54 children returning from a field trip crashed into a car on a road in Kobe City on Monday, leaving one person dead and 10 others injured, reports TV Asahi. (tokyoreporter.com)

In a bid to help reduce teachers’ overtime, Japan’s education ministry will launch a program next month to send advisers to local education boards. (Jiji)

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party failed on Monday to sum up opinions to strengthen countermeasures against passive smoking by revising a related law. (Jiji)

Japan and New Zealand agreed Monday to lead discussions at a ministerial meeting in Vietnam later this month of the remaining member economies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to establish the free trade zone without the United States. (Jiji)

Japanese companies, municipalities and citizens have fallen prey to cyberattacks that began hitting targets worldwide late last week, it was learned Monday. (Jiji)


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