Japan's Princess Mako to marry commoner and lose status | Daily Mail Online
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The happy news could cause problems for the future of a royal family facing concerns about a declining population to keep their 2,600-year-old bloodline Japanese government approved 83-year-old Emperor Akihito's abdication from the Chrysanthemum Throne in May in the first such case in two centuries. Princess Mako's grandfather is expected to step down in late 2018 after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet signed the one-off bill, and will be succeeded by his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito. Unlike in some countries with royal families, there is no republican movement in Japan and the emperor and royal family have won the admiration of the vast majority of the Akihito and Empress Michiko journey to sites of natural disasters to console victims, most notably after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear also repeatedly warned that Japan must not downplay its 20th-century militarism and actions in World War II -- remarks seen as a rebuke to the nationalist stance of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and likeminded 's club. Petra Ecclestone nails sporty chic in a white crop top and cobalt blue mini as she embarks on a low-key lunch date with beau Sam Palmer in Beverly Hills British man caught smuggling cocaine in children's Bible: Suspect, 61, is one of two Britons facing jail in Peru 'after being conned into travelling to South America to pick up huge lottery wins'
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