FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2017, file photo, Japan's Princess Mako, the elder daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, and her fiance Kei Komuro, look at each other during a press conference at Akasaka East Residence in Tokyo. According to Japanese media, the Imperial Household Agency said Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 that Princess Mako's wedding, planned for November, will be delayed until 2020, citing lack of time for preparations. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, Pool, File)

Japanese Princess Mako's wedding postponed until 2020

February 06, 2018 - 11:18 pm

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's imperial palace says Princess Mako's wedding will be postponed two years because of insufficient preparations.

Mako and her college classmate Kei Komuro announced their engagement last September and were to wed in November.

The delay had triggered speculation that the decision was related to criticism in tabloids of her fiance's family background.

The announcement Wednesday from the Imperial Household Agency cited "a series of important ceremonies next year."

Emperor Akihito is to abdicate in April 2019 with his elder son succeeding to the throne.

Mako is Akihito's oldest grandchild.

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