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<div> <p><span class="caps">TOKYO</span> – Japan’s Princess Mako is set to forego a one-off million-dollar payment for giving up her royal status to wed a college classmate, media said on Saturday, clearing the way for a marriage delayed for years by controversy over her fiance. </p> <p>The 29-year-old grand-daughter of then-Emperor Akihito and her former college classmate, Kei Komuro, announced their engagement in 2017.</p> <p>But the marriage was put off after reports of a financial dispute between Komuro’s mother and her former fiance.</p> <p>The government is set to agree that the princess forego the payment, worth up to 150 million yen ($1.35 million) for royals giving up their status to marry commoners, amid public criticism over her fiance, public broadcaster <span class="caps">NHK</span> and others said.</p> <p><span class="caps">NHK</span> said the wedding date may be announced in October.</p> <p>Officials of the Imperial Household Agency were not immediately available to comment.</p> <p>A Japanese broadcaster, anticipating an imminent wedding, recently tracked down Komuro in New York. He was shown sporting a ponytail, a detail that has caused an uproar among some Japanese users of Twitter. </p> <p>Media have said the couple plan to live in the United States. Under Japan’s males-only royal succession law, female members of the imperial family lose their status on marrying commoners.</p> <p/> </div>