— On this date on April 3, 1934, the Associated Press reported that a “projected picture-bride marriage” of Ethiopian Prince Lij Araya Abebe, nephew of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie, and Japanese royal Miss Masako Kuroda, daughter of Viscount Kuroda Hiroyuki had been cancelled.
The Associated Press cited reports of rumors that Italy, uncomfortable by the interference of Japan in the region, played a factor in the cancelled affair.
Much publicity of the arranged-marriage was reported at the time, including coverage by TIME Magazine.
Neither the future bride and groom reportedly met. According to Luke Roberts of the University of California Santa Barbara who researched the story, the beginnings of this arranged marriage is traced first to the Japanese envoy that attended the 1930 Ethiopian Coronation of the Emperor, which signed a Treaty of Friendship days afterward. A year later an envoy from Ethiopian, including Prince Lij Araya Abebe traveled to Japan where the young prince likened to the idea of a Japanese bride, and upon returning to Ethiopia, efforts be made for this international royal entanglement.
Princess Lij Araya Abebe passed away on May 10, 2002 in Virginia , USA. Little history of the fate of Miss Masako Kuroda appears yet known.)
(Photo: Japanese royal Miss Masako Kuroda)