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JAPAN PRINCESS

Japan’s Princess Mako to lose royal status by marrying commoner

TOKYO: Japanese Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, will wed a former college classmate, Japanese media reported, heating up debate on the ever-shrinking royal family since she must become a commoner after marriage. Princess Mako will give up her royal status to marry a former classmate who once worked as a "Prince of the Sea" to promote tourism. Japan's cabinet is expected to approve a bill on Friday to allow Akihito, 83, to step down, the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in nearly two…