The parents of Japan\u2019s Princess Mako have said that her marriage cannot go ahead until her fiance\u2019s mother has resolved a reported financial scandal.\r\nMako, the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito, caused a stir last September when she announced her engagement to Kei Komuro, whom she had met while they were studying at a university in Tokyo. Komuro has done some work as an assistant at a law firm in Tokyo, Okuno & Partners, and is soon to\u00a0attend Fordham Law School\u00a0in New York on a scholarship.\r\nThe princess, who like all female members of the imperial family who marry a \u201ccommoner\u201d would\u00a0lose her royal status, was due to wed the 26-year-old paralegal in November this year, but in February their nuptials were\u00a0abruptly postponed\u00a0until 2020.\r\nThe couple said they needed more time to prepare and to \u201cthink about marriage more deeply\u201d. There were also concerns that preparations for the wedding, the first in the imperial family since Akihito\u2019s only daughter married in a low-key ceremony in 2005, could overshadow his\u00a0abdication\u00a0on 30 April next year.\r\nThe 84-year-old will be replaced on the Chrysanthemum throne the following day by his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito.\r\n\u201cWe have come to realise the lack of time to make sufficient preparations for various events leading up to our marriage this autumn and our life afterward,\u201d Mako said in a statement at the time. \u201cWe believe that we have rushed various things.\u201d\r\nJapanese media have reported, however, that Mako\u2019s parents, Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, were increasingly troubled by media reports that Komuro\u2019s mother was experiencing financial problems stemming from a loan she received from her former partner to cover her son\u2019s tuition.\r\nMako\u2019s parents reportedly told the Komuros at several face-to-face meetings that the wedding could be marred by the mother\u2019s reported debts and that the wedding could not go ahead until the matter had been resolved.\r\nThere are also concerns that the couple could invite public criticism, as they will receive a lump sum of about 100 million yen ($900,000) from the government to help ease Mako\u2019s exit from the imperial family and into her new non-royal life.\r\nKomuro left for New York earlier this month to begin three years of study for the state\u2019s bar exam. No date has been set for the wedding or the series of rituals that precede it, but Kyodo News, citing a source close to the couple, said Mako and Komuro were in regular contact and still intended to marry.