That's correct, the Japanese Imperial Family doesn't perform the amount of Royal engagements in comparison to the European/British Royals. They do attend engagements throughout the year, but they aren't covered by the Western press as the other Royals covered.
Right now after Princess Aiko and Princess Mako, there only three Japanese Princesses that remain in the Imperial Family. Princess Mikasa's two daughters and Princess Takamodo has one daughter, but the three of them together haven't carried out any public engagements, that I know of....as I wrote, the Japanese Royals just aren't covered by the Western press. If Kako and Aiko marry commoners, they'll leave a huge gaping hole.
This past summer a proposal was put out that the Imperial House Law change to allow Princesses marrying commoners to keep their titles and remain Imperial Family members, Crown Prince Akishino, of course, was highly in favor of it. The Govt. all but rejected the proposal for now, an extremely Conservative Govt. is in power and has favored the status quo as far as Imperial House Laws and has rejected any proposals in favor of changing the status of the Royal Princesses, despite the majority of the Japanese public favoring females ascending the Throne and changes to their status.
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