Passing the bar was a royal hassle for this new lawyer.
The commoner husband of a former Japanese princess who lives in New York has finally passed the state test to become a lawyer – on his third attempt.
Kei Komuro, 31 – who married Princess Mako last year – had to retake the bar exam last July after failing two previous attempts.
“I’m really happy. Thank you very much,” he reportedly said after receiving congratulations from lawyer Okuno Yoshihiko, his former boss at a Japanese law firm, who confirmed the news to NHK.
Yoshihiko said he received a call from Komuro on Friday about the bar passing.
“This time he was successful,” the Tokyo attorney said.
During the call, Komuro also reportedly promised to “study harder as a lawyer.”
The New York State Board of Law Examiners said about 9,609 people sat for the bar exam in July – and 66% of them passed.
The success rate for repeat offenders like Komuro is 23%.
Komuro graduated from Fordham University Law School in May 2021 and has since worked as a lawyer at a law firm in New York.
He and Mako, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino, have lived in New York since their wedding last October. Because he was a commoner, she was forced to give up her royal title and no longer be part of the Imperial Family’s public activities.
A senior Imperial Household Agency official expressed relief at Komuro’s passing of the exam.
” It’s good to hear. It is reassuring to see the basics of [the couple’s] the future is finally falling into place,” the source told Japanese newspaper The Mainichi.
The couple became financially independent after Mako refused a $1.23 million payment she was entitled to on quitting the royal family.
Mako has since started a new gig at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she helps curators as a volunteer at the Met’s Asian art collection inspired by the life of a 13th-century monk who introduced Buddhism to the nation. islander.
Before moving to the United States, Mako earned a degree in Art and Cultural Heritage from Tokyo International Christian University.