Princess Mako’s civil husband Kei Komuro takes THIRD bar exam – Daily Mail | Candle Made Easy

Kei Komuro – the civil husband of Japan’s former Princess Mako of Akishino – has passed the New York State Bar Exam for a third time as he continues his quest to become a licensed attorney.

The 30-year-old, who has already failed the exam twice, was seen exiting the Armory Track & Field Center in New York City on Tuesday after completing the first half of the two-day exam.

Komuro wore a rumpled plaid button-down shirt that he wore open over hunter green shorts and black athletic shoes. His sleeves were haphazardly tied, revealing his green armband identifying him as a test-taker.

Kei Komuro, the civil husband of Japan’s former Princess Mako of Akishino, passed the New York state bar exam for a third time on Tuesday

The aspiring attorney was seen leaving the Armory Track & Field Center in New York City after taking the first half of the two-day exam

The aspiring attorney was seen leaving the Armory Track & Field Center in New York City after taking the first half of the two-day exam

He carried a canvas bag over his shoulder and his dark hair was pulled back in a ponytail. He still had his mask on when he left the test site.

Mako wasn’t with him, but that didn’t stop him from being recognized. The aspiring lawyer was swarmed by reporters as he tried to locate his Uber ride on the busy street.

Komuro was then brought into the public eye Mako, the only daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and Crown Princess Kiko, gave up her royal title to marry him in a small civil ceremony last October.

He graduated from Fordham University Law School in May 2021 and was hired as a clerk at Lowenstein Sandler LLP in Manhattan, where he advises companies and investors on venture capital financing, mergers and acquisitions.

Komura first passed the New York State bar exam last July, three months before his marriage to Mako, but it was announced in November that he had failed.

Komuro was swarmed by reporters as he tried to find his Uber ride on the busy street

Komuro was swarmed by reporters as he tried to find his Uber ride on the busy street

According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, he called Okuno Yoshihiko – the head of a law firm in Japan where he previously worked – to tell him he had failed the exam.

He took the exam for a second time in February, but when the results were published online in April, his name was not among those who passed.

In New York, there is no limit or restriction on the number of attempts a person can attempt to pass the exam, which is only offered twice a year, meaning they can take it as many times as they like.

John F. Kennedy Jr. — the only son of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy — famously failed the New York State bar exam twice before passing his third attempt.

Komuro previously worked at a bank and in a French restaurant in Japan before moving to New York to study law. His father died when he was in elementary school and he was raised by his widowed mother, Kayo.

Komuro and Mako were spotted taking a stroll last month in New York City, where they have lived since their wedding

Komuro and Mako were spotted taking a stroll last month in New York City, where they have lived since their wedding

Mako (pictured in April) has reportedly used her background in art history by working as an unpaid volunteer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Mako (pictured in April) has reportedly used her background in art history by working as an unpaid volunteer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

He met Mako in 2013 while they were both studying at International Christian University outside of Tokyo. The couple became “unofficially” engaged in 2017 and had planned to tie the knot in November 2018.

The news was initially greeted with joy in Japan, but scandal arose when it was discovered that Kayo’s mother had failed to repay a 4 million yen (US$35,000) loan from a former fiancé, partly for his to pay tuition fees.

The controversy led critics to believe that Komuro only married the princess for money or fame.

Komuro issued a 24-page statement about the money, claiming his mother believes it was a gift, not a loan. Eventually he said he would pay it back, although it is not known if it was ever returned.

Despite the turmoil, Komuro and Mako’s love endured and she announced that she will continue the marriage in 2020.

Mako and Komuro met as students at International Christian University in 2013 and were married in a small civil ceremony in October 2021 (pictured at a press conference this month).

Mako and Komuro met as students at International Christian University in 2013 and were married in a small civil ceremony in October 2021 (pictured at a press conference this month).

“We are irreplaceable for each other – someone to count on in both happy and unhappy times,” she said. “Therefore, marriage is a necessary decision for us to live while cherishing and protecting our feelings.”

Only male members of Japan’s imperial family are allowed to marry commoners, and Mako had to give up more than her royal title to marry Komuro.

After her marriage, she has a surname for the first time in her life and is now known as Mako Komuro. She also needed a passport, something she didn’t need as a royal.

Mako can no longer reside in the Imperial Palace, and if she and Komuro have sons, they will not be in the line of succession for the all-male Empire. She can never return to the dynasty even if her marriage ends in divorce.

Only three of her relatives can succeed her paternal uncle Emperor Naruhito, 62, under current imperial household law, including his 86-year-old uncle Masahito, Prince Hitachi.

The others are Mako’s 56-year-old father, Prince Fumihito, the Emperor’s brother, and her 15-year-old brother, Prince Hisahito.

Mako (pictured at Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony in 2019) had to relinquish her titles because only male members of the imperial family are allowed to marry non-kings

Mako (pictured at Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony in 2019) had to relinquish her titles because only male members of the imperial family are allowed to marry non-kings

Mako left her home on Tokyo's Akasaka Estate on October 26 (pictured) and arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport a few weeks later on November 14

Mako left her home on Tokyo’s Akasaka Estate on October 26 (pictured) and arrived at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport a few weeks later on November 14

A few days after arriving in New York City, she was spotted shopping for hangers and other home supplies at a local Bed Bath & Beyond

A few days after arriving in New York City, she was spotted shopping for hangers and other home supplies at a local Bed Bath & Beyond

Mako and her husband have kept a low profile while living in a luxury one-bedroom apartment in the city and are believed to be financially independent.

The former princess was eligible for a $1.3 million payout from the Japanese government after she gave up her royal status, but she turned it down.

Mako has reportedly used her background in art history by working as an unpaid volunteer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“She was specifically involved in the preparation of a painting exhibition inspired by the life of a 13th-century monk who traveled throughout Japan introducing Buddhism,” according to the Japan Times.

Mako has a degree in Arts and Heritage from International Christian University in Japan, where she met her husband.

She then studied Art History at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland before earning her Masters in Art Museum and Gallery Studies at the University of Leicester in England.

‘She’s qualified and probably handles pieces in the collection. In general, it’s a job that requires a lot of preparation and often involves spending a lot of time in the library,” a former Met curator told People.

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