Ex-Japanese Princess Husband Passes New York Bar Exam

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The man who married a former Japanese princess has passed the New York bar exam, defying critics in his country who had criticized their romance.

Kei Komuro’s name is on the list of those who passed the New York State Bar Examination in July, which was published Friday on the New York State Board of Law Examiners website.

Komuro’s engagement to former Princess Mako, announced in 2017, caused widespread public outcry, mostly on social media and in the tabloids.

One of the reasons was a financial problem from Komuro’s mother, although this has since been resolved.

Komuro, 31, a graduate of Fordham University Law School, works at a New York law firm and lives in New York with Mako, a museum curator.

She gave up her royal status last year when she married Komuro. All Japanese princesses renounce their royal status upon marriage, as there is only male succession in the Japanese Imperial family.

Speculation has now shifted to how much money Komuro might earn as a lawyer, instead of when he might be fired.

Reports indicate that Komuro’s precarious position will improve with the Imperial family, the couple may move from Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan to a more upscale neighborhood and Komuro’s mother may move in with them.

Japan seems modern on the surface, but values ​​regarding family and women are rooted in feudal practices. Many Japanese are also often jealous of people who study abroad or get jobs in international companies.

Local media say the couple are like Romeo and Juliet, and used the Japanese equivalent of the phrase, “third time is the charm.” Komuro has missed the bar on his two previous attempts.

It is common for people to succeed after several attempts. Of the 9,609 candidates for the last exam, the pass rate was 66% out of 6,350 people, including Komuro.

The couple did without any fancy marriage, registered their marriage and flew to New York in November last year.

They met while attending Tokyo International Christian University ten years ago.

Japanese tabloids had stalked the couple in New York, taking snapshots and snidely commenting on Mako’s casual attire, which contrasted with the usual formal attire of the Japanese Imperial family.

Other princesses married commoners and left the palace. But the reaction to Komuro and Mako has been particularly frantic, largely focusing on his ability to support his wife.

Mako, who turns 31 on Sunday, is the niece of Emperor Naruhito, who also married a commoner, Masako.

Masako, a Harvard graduate, suffered from depression in cloistered imperial life.

Former Emperor Akihito, Naruhito’s father, was the first member of the imperial family to marry a commoner.

The family holds no political power but serves as a symbol of the nation, attending ceremonies and visiting disaster areas.

When Komuro returned from the United States last year to marry Mako, they were reunited for the first time in three years.

Mako then said, “He’s someone I can’t live without.” Komuro echoed his devotion, “I want to live the only life I have with the person I love.”

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