Japanese princess to lose royal status after marrying commoner

TOKYO –  Japanese Emperor Akihito’s oldest grandchild, Princess Mako, said Sunday she is getting married to a university classmate who won her heart with bright smiles and sincerity. Mako and fiance Kei Komuro, both 25, said at a news conference that their relationship started when the princess sat behind him at a campus meeting five years ago at Tokyo’s International Christian University, where they graduated. “First I was attracted by his bright smiles like the sun,” Mako said, smiling shyly. They talked for the first time at the event for…

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South Africa: Support grows for status change for temporary educators

The Congress of South African Trade Unions has voiced its support for the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union’s demand that educators employed on temporary contracts become permanent employees. This is a significant vote of support as the Congress of South African Trade Unions is that country’s national trade union confederation. High School in South Africa. © UNESCO/Darryl Evans   The South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU), affiliated to Education International (EI), had urged national public authorities to change their treatment of temporary educators. It said that temporary educators have been…

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