Princess Mako, 25, the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, is set to be engaged to a former classmate at her university and is expected to marry next year, media reports said Tuesday.

The prospective fiance was identified as Kei Komuro, who lives in Yokohama and was a student at International Christian University in Tokyo, according to public broadcaster NHK.

The Imperial Household Agency later confirmed the report and said Komuro is a 25-year-old graduate student at Tokyo's Hitotsubashi University and also works at a law firm.