Princess Mako of Japan's new husband FAILS his New York State Bar exam after she gave up her royal title to marry him and and move to a 'one-bedroom apartment' in the city

 Princess Mako's new husband Komuri Kei has failed his New York State bar exam, with the results released days after the couple married.

Mako, 30, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of reigning Emperor Naruhito, tied the knot with university sweetheart Kei Komuro, a commoner, in Tokyo last week after an eight-year engagement.

The couple are planning to move into an apartment together in Tokyo before moving to the U.S. and living in New York City where Komuro works as a lawyer at the New-Jersey based law firm Lowenstein Sandler LLP. 

Mako declined the offer of 140million yen (£890,000) payment to which she was entitled for leaving the imperial family, palace officials said, and is expected to find a job in New York. 

Komuro phoned lawyer Okuno Yoshihiko, the head of a firm in Japan where Komuro once worked, to tell him he failed the New York State Bar Association exam on Saturday, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK.

Princess Mako's new husband Komuri Kei, 30, has failed his New York State bar exam, with the results released days after the couple married

Princess Mako's new husband Komuri Kei, 30, has failed his New York State bar exam, with the results released days after the couple married

Komuro took the exam earlier this summer, with the exam results were posted on the website of the New York State Board of Law Examiners on Friday. His name was not amoung the successful candidates. 

According to the broadcaster, Komuro ha said he plans to continue studying and will retake the exams in February. 


Meanwhile Mako has said she will continue to support her husband's studies. 

Polls show that up to 80 per cent of Japanese oppose the marriage that took place with none of the usual pomp and ceremony in a register office in Tokyo.

Mako, 30, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of reigning Emperor Naruhito, tied the knot with university sweetheart Kei Komuro, a commoner, in Tokyo last week after an eight-year engagement

Mako, 30, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of reigning Emperor Naruhito, tied the knot with university sweetheart Kei Komuro, a commoner, in Tokyo last week after an eight-year engagement

Komuro was raised by his widowed mother, Kayo. His father died when he was still in elementary school. His jobs in Japan included working in a bank and a French restaurant.

He met Mako in 2013 when they were both studying at the International Christian University outside Tokyo. 

His proposal propelled him to the front page of Japanese newspapers - his only previous claim to fame had come from being named Prince of the Sea to lead a tourism campaign in the coastal town of Fujisawa.

The couple, both now 30, got 'unofficially engaged' in 2017, and planned to tie the knot in November 2018.

Initially the news was greeted with delight in Japan, but then a scandal grew up when it was discovered that Kayo had not repaid a 4million yen ($35,000) loan from a former fiancé, partly to pay her son's tuition. 


Komuro pictured during his childhood. The 30-year-old left Japan for New York in 2017 to study law

Komuro pictured during his childhood. The 30-year-old left Japan for New York in 2017 to study law 

Komuro was raised by his widowed mother, Kayo. His father died when he was still in elementary school. He is pictured above age nine with his late dad

Komuro was raised by his widowed mother, Kayo. His father died when he was still in elementary school. He is pictured above age nine with his late dad 

His only previous claim to fame had come from being named Prince of the Sea to lead a tourism campaign in the coastal town of Fujisawa. He is pictured wearing the Prince of the Sea sash in 2010

His only previous claim to fame had come from being named Prince of the Sea to lead a tourism campaign in the coastal town of Fujisawa. He is pictured wearing the Prince of the Sea sash in 2010

That led critics to suggest Komuro was only marrying the princess for money or fame.

Komuro issued a 24-page explanation about the money - claiming it was a gift not a loan. That made him even more unpopular.

Eventually he said he would repay it, although it is not known whether the money has been returned.

In an online poll just five per cent of respondents in Japan said they would congratulate the couple or celebrate, with an overwhelming 91 per cent saying they wouldn't.

But despite the turmoil Kei and Mako's love endured. Last year the now ex-princess begged the Japanese public to support her decision. 

'We are irreplaceable to each other - someone to rely on during both happy and unhappy times,' she said, announcing the wedding would go ahead.

'So a marriage is a necessary choice for us to live while cherishing and protecting our feelings.'

Komuro (pictured above in Yokohama in 2017) and Princess Mako, both now 30, got 'unofficially engaged' in 2017, four years after they met at university

Komuro (pictured above in Yokohama in 2017) and Princess Mako, both now 30, got 'unofficially engaged' in 2017, four years after they met at university

Komuro is pictured at an amusement park with friends in 2009.  Prior to moving to New York, he worked in a bank and at a French restaurant in Japan

Komuro is pictured at an amusement park with friends in 2009.  Prior to moving to New York, he worked in a bank and at a French restaurant in Japan

News of the couple's engagement was initially greeted with delight in Japan, until it emerged that his mother was 4million yen ($35,000) in debt. Pictured: Komuro in 2012

News of the couple's engagement was initially greeted with delight in Japan, until it emerged that his mother was 4million yen ($35,000) in debt. Pictured: Komuro in 2012

On Tuesday, her words were nearly identical. 'For me, Kei is irreplaceable,' she said. 'Marriage was a necessary choice for us.'

In prepared remarks, she also said: 'I acknowledge that there are various opinions about our marriage. I feel very sorry for the people to whom we gave trouble.

'I'm grateful for the people who have been quietly concerned about us, or those who continued supporting us without being confused by baseless information.'

She said incorrect reporting on her new husband had caused her 'great fear, stress and sadness.'

'The flow of arbitrary criticism of Kei's actions, as well as one-sided speculation that ignored my feelings, made falsehoods somehow seem like reality and turn into an unprovoked story that spread,' she added.

Komuro has not lived in Japan for three years. 

Soon after the marriage was postponed, he moved to New York, studying law at Fordham University in the Bronx and then landing a job clerking at Lowenstein Sandler in Manhattan, counseling companies and investors on venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions.

But his trip home only drew more negative publicity after he arrived at Narita Airport sporting a ponytail, a hairstyle that is deemed disrespectful

Komuro has not lived in Japan for three years and only returned in September to prepare for his wedding ceremony. But his trip home only drew more negative publicity after he arrived at Narita Airport sporting a ponytail, a hairstyle that is deemed disrespectful 

He was also criticized for wearing a pin-striped suit when visiting his future in-laws in 2017 (pictured)
He wore pinstripes again during his marriage ceremony (pictured) on Tuesday

He was also criticized for wearing a pin-striped suit when visiting his future in-laws in 2017 (left). He wore pinstripes again during his marriage ceremony (pictured) on Tuesday

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He had become so disillusioned with his homeland that he didn't return once to see his fiancée until going back in September to prepare for his wedding.

And his trip inevitably brought more bad publicity. Conservatives were shocked that he arrived at Narita Airport sporting a ponytail - which he cut off before getting married.

They deemed his hairstyle 'disrespectful' and piled on the scorn when they noted that he visited his future in-laws wearing a pin-striped suit rather than one in a solid color. He got married in pinstripes as well.

He was also criticized for his body language - his foes say he keeps his hands in his pockets too much.

But despite the negative feeling towards Komuro, the Japan Times called him 'a polite and upstanding man.'

On the day of his marriage, he was announced as winner of the New York State Bar Association's annual student writing competition for a piece on 'compliance problems in website accessibility and implications for entrepreneurs.'

His prize was a check for $2,000, which won't go far toward the $1.35million Mako agreed to give up under pressure from an unsympathetic Japanese public. That amount has been paid to the two princesses who have previously left the royal family.

High profile: Princess Mako of Japan, right, donned a traditional J¿nihitoe as she took part in a procession through Tokyo's Imperial Palace to mark her uncle's formal ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne in 2019

High profile: Princess Mako of Japan, right, donned a traditional Jūnihitoe as she took part in a procession through Tokyo's Imperial Palace to mark her uncle's formal ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne in 2019

Princess Mako of Akishino poses for photographs prior to attend the graduation ceremony at the International Christian University on March 26, 2014 in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan
End of the line: Princess Mako is expected to lose her royal titles when she marries Kei Komuro, whom she met while studying at International Christian University (ICU) and is set to marry next year after postponing their wedding in 2018. Pictured, the princess in 2011

Princess Mako of Akishin is seen left before her graduation ceremony at the International Christian University on March 26, 2014 in Mitaka, Tokyo, where she met her husband. The marriage means she will be stripped of her royal title and will not be able to return to the family even if the union ends in divorce

Only male members of the Japanese imperial family are allowed to marry 'commoners, so Mako's decision to marry for love means a whole slew of new things for her.

For a start, she is no longer considered a princess - even if the marriage ends in divorce she can never return to the family.

For the first time in her life she has a surname and will be known just as Mako Komuro. 

She will also have to apply for a passport - royals don't need them - so she can move Stateside.

She can no longer live in the Imperial Palace. And any sons the couple have will not be in the line of succession for the male-only emperorship.

And that is a potential problem in Japan where there are now only three people allowed by the Imperial Household Law to succeed 61-year-old Emperor Naruhito - and one of those, his uncle Masohito, is 85. 

At the press conference, the couple read out prepared statements in which they apologized for any distress their marriage has caused - but defended their decision to go ahead with the ceremony

At the press conference, the couple read out prepared statements in which they apologized for any distress their marriage has caused - but defended their decision to go ahead with the ceremony

There were also no official portraits, like these ones taken of then-Crown Prince Prince Naruhito and his wife Crown Princess Masako with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko after their wedding at the Imperial Palace June 9, 1993 in Tokyo

There were also no official portraits, like these ones taken of then-Crown Prince Prince Naruhito and his wife Crown Princess Masako with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko after their wedding at the Imperial Palace June 9, 1993 in Tokyo

The other two are Nauruhito's 55-year-old brother Akishino - Mako's father - and Mako's brother Hisahito, 15.

The couple blame the negative publicity focused on Mako for the decline in her health. 

The Imperial Household Agency said earlier this year that she is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by the public pressure.

And that could only have been made worst by the protestors who gathered in a Tokyo park holding signs opposing the marriage.

Princess Mako of Japan's new husband FAILS his New York State Bar exam after she gave up her royal title to marry him and and move to a 'one-bedroom apartment' in the city Princess Mako of Japan's new husband FAILS his New York State Bar exam after she gave up her royal title to marry him and and move to a 'one-bedroom apartment' in the city Reviewed by Your Destination on November 01, 2021 Rating: 5

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