Former Japanese princess’ husband passes New York state bar



The man who married a former Japanese princess has handed the New York bar examination, defying detractors again dwelling who had criticized their romance.

Kei Komuro’s title is on the checklist of those that handed the July New York state bar examination, which was posted Friday on The New York State Board of Law Examiners web page.

Komuro’s engagement to former Princess Mako, introduced in 2017, prompted a widespread public outcry, totally on social media and within the tabloids. One cause was a monetary drawback of Komuro’s mom, though that is since been resolved.

Komuro, 31, a graduate of Fordham University regulation faculty, has a job at a New York regulation agency, and has been dwelling in New York with Mako, a museum curator. She gave up her royal standing final 12 months when she married Komuro. All Japanese princesses relinquish their royal standing upon marriage, as there’s solely male succession within the Japanese imperial household.

Speculation has now moved to how a lot cash Komuro could be incomes as a lawyer, as an alternative of when he could be getting fired.

Reports mentioned Komuro’s shaky standing will enhance with the imperial household, the couple could transfer from Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan to a ritzier neighborhood, and Komuro’s mother could transfer in with them.

Japan seems trendy on the floor, however values about household and ladies are rooted in feudal practices. Many Japanese are additionally typically jealous of people that examine overseas or get jobs with worldwide firms.

Local media say the couple are like Romeo and Juliet, and have used the Japanese equal of the phrase: “the third time is the appeal.” Komuro failed the bar in his two earlier makes an attempt.

It’s frequent for individuals to move after a number of makes an attempt. Of the 9,609 candidates for the most recent examination, the passing price was 66% at 6,350 individuals, together with Komuro.

The couple did with none fancy marriage ceremony, registered their marriage and took off to New York in November final 12 months. They met whereas attending Tokyo’s International Christian University a decade in the past.

The Japanese tabloids had stalked the couple in New York, taking snapshots and commenting snidely about Mako’s informal garments, which struck a distinction with the standard staid formal put on of Japan’s imperial household.

Other princesses have married commoners and left the palace. But the response to Komuro and Mako was particularly frenzied, a lot of it specializing in whether or not he would have the ability to help his spouse.

Mako, who turns 31 Sunday, is the niece of Emperor Naruhito, who additionally married a commoner, Masako. Masako, a Harvard graduate, suffered despair within the cloistered imperial life. Former Emperor Akihito, Naruhito’s father, was the primary member of the imperial household to marry a commoner.

The household holds no political energy however serves as an emblem of the nation, attending ceremonial occasions and visiting catastrophe zones.

When Komuro returned from the U.S. final 12 months to marry Mako, they have been reunited for the primary time in three years.

Mako mentioned then: “He is somebody I can’t do with out.”

Komuro echoed her devotion: “I wish to reside the one life I’ve with the particular person I like.”


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