Japan’s Princess Ayako’s marriage garners mixed reactions

In the stories we grow up with, it is the simple girl from the country who marries the prince into royalty, and finds happily ever after in true love. It is the opposite, however, that holds true in the modern age for Japan’s Princess Ayako, who recently married Kei Moriya on Monday. The tradition-filled ceremony was held at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine, and was dwelled by around 1,000 well-wishers.

Princess Ayako and Kei Moriya’s wedding comes in the latest of a string of royal weddings this year. This particular one, however, holds difference in that Princess Ayako’s marriage to Kei Moriya, a commoner, effectively ends her royal status as princess – Japan’s laws dictate that female members of the royal family must abdicate their royal titles and status when marrying someone with no royal or aristocratic ties. This rule, however, does not apply to its male members.

Moreover, the strict implementation and resistance to change has drawn concerns in Japan over the decreasing number of males in the Imperial family, with a mere four members left after Emperor Akihito’s approaching abdication in 2019. Princess Ayako, however, has stated that she is “filled with happiness” over her decision.

In the meantime, netizens reactions have been mixed over her marriage and Japan’s strict Imperial laws. Some were happy for the princess, wishing the new couple well:


Some, however, were more critical on her decision:

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