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Princess Mako, a niece of Emperor Naruhito, and her boyfriend, Kei Komuro, will marry by the end of the year and may start a new life in the United States, but without holding the related ritual ceremonies in a rare decision, a government source said Wednesday.

Amid public unease about their marriage due to a money dispute between Komuro’s mother and her former fiance, the princess will likely decline a lump-sum payment of up to about ¥150 million ($1.36 million) usually given to female imperial family members upon their departure from the household, the source said.

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