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Crown Prince Akishino, the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito, has said he “approves” of his daughter Princess Mako marrying her university boyfriend, Kei Komuro, but reiterated that Komuro’s mother must first solve an ongoing financial dispute.

“I mean, I approve of them getting married. The Constitution says marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes. If that is what they really want, then I think that is something I need to respect as a parent,” the crown prince told a news conference in Tokyo held ahead of his 55th birthday on Monday.

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