TOKYO - Princess Ayako, the youngest daughter of Princess Hisako and the late Prince Takamado, Emperor Akihito's cousin, will get engaged to a businessman, the Imperial Household Agency said Tuesday.
The future husband of the 27-year-old princess is Kei Moriya, 32, an employee of major shipping firm NYK Line, the agency announced.
Princess Ayako graduated from Josai International University in Chiba Prefecture and earned her master's degree there in 2016. She is currently working as a research fellow at the university's Faculty of Social Work Studies.
In 2014, her sister Princess Noriko married Kunimaro Senge, the eldest son of the chief priest of Izumo Taisha, a Shinto shrine in Shimane Prefecture.
Last year, the agency announced the planned engagement between Princess Mako, the eldest granddaughter of Emperor Akihito, and Kei Komuro but in February, their wedding was postponed until 2020, due to "lack of preparation."
Under Imperial House Law, female members of the imperial family loses their royal family status when they marry a commoner.
When Princess Ayako and Princess Mako marry, the number of imperial family members will drop to 17 and that of female members to 12.