In July, Kei Komuro, the husband of Japan’s former princess Mako Komuro, was spotted after taking the New York State bar exam for the third time. Now, according to the organization’s website, Komuro has passed the bar and is now eligible to become a licensed attorney in New York. According to NHK, Komuro confirmed the news in a phone conversation with a mentor in Tokyo. In a phone call, Kei told lawyer Okuno Yoshihiko that he had passed the exam.
Kei, a 2021 graduate of Fordham Law, first sat for the bar last July, three months before he and Mako registered their union at a Tokyo government office. In November 2021, the couple moved to New York City, where Kei secured a job at a law firm as a legal assistant. In February 2022, he sat for the bar again and learned two months later that he had failed. Mako reportedly snagged an internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and her writing on Japanese art has even made it to their website. One thing was still standing in the way of their dream coming true, as the Daily Mail pointed out repeatedly: Kei needed to pass the bar in order to become a full-fledged lawyer in the city.
Mako’s relationship with Kei, which began when the couple were both students at Tokyo’s International Christian University more than a decade ago, attracted tabloid criticism because of Komuro’s humble background and reports of family financial struggles. Though the couple first announced their engagement in 2017, they ultimately postponed the wedding for more than three years. When they were finally wed last October, a handful of people gathered in a park to protest the union.
Mako, the daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of Emperor Naruhito, declined the $1.3 million payout typically given to women when they leave the family, and tabloids speculated about their financial future.
A senior official of the Imperial Household Agency reportedly expressed relief about Kei’s success on the bar exam when contacted by the Japanese newspaper the Mainichi. “It’s good to hear,” the source said. “It is reassuring to see the foundations for [the couple’s] future finally falling into place.”
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