Former Princess Mako’s Husband Fails New York State Bar Exam Again

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Kei Komuro, husband of Japan’s former princess Mako, has failed the New York State bar exam for the second time. Komuro took the exam in February and his name was not on the public list of those who passed.

Komuro, who graduated from Fordham Law School in 2021, also failed last summer’s bar exam and would be taking the exam for the third time in July 2022. Komuro articled at a law firm in the New York City while studying for the bar. . According to a press release from the New York State Bar, only 30% of repeat applicants passed the exam.

Mako is Emperor Naruhito’s niece, and she renounced her royal title to marry Kei in October 2021. “Kei is irreplaceable to me. For us, marriage is a necessary choice to live while cherishing our hearts,” Mako said during the press. event following his marriage. The couple got engaged in 2017 but delayed their nuptials due to intense media scrutiny. Mako was even diagnosed with PTSD before the wedding.

In an unprecedented decision, Mako refused her dowry of around $1.4 million, making her the first female member of the Imperial family since World War II to opt out of this payment. The Komuros left Japan shortly after getting married and moved to New York in November 2021.

This week, reports surfaced that Mako is now assisting curators at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on an unpaid internship. Mako, the eldest daughter of Japan’s Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, earned a degree in Art and Cultural Heritage from Tokyo International Christian University and earned her master’s degree in Museum and Art Gallery Studies from the University of Leicester.

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