On September 11, Noriko released a document on the occasion of her 56th birthday. The public’s attention was focused on her answer regarding her eldest daughter, Mako, who married Kei Komuro last October.
At the time, Prince and Princess Akishino described the marriage as “unprecedented,” and was again asked by reporters how she felt about the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Komuro. Noriko replied, “I sincerely hope that the two of you will join forces, take care of your health, and live your new life peacefully. Naturally, she did not reveal Mako’s recent situation, and her response seemed to be a safe one,” said a journalist in charge of the Imperial Household.
However, in the last sentence
“Noriko’s true feelings leaked out,” said one of the reporters in charge of the Imperial Household.
However, in the last sentence, “Noriko’s true feelings have leaked out.
Although it is not possible for us to meet in person at this time, I am taking care of the flowers in my garden, building an archway for the fragrant wood rose, and I hope that one day I will be able to walk through the garden with my daughter.
The Mokka rose is Mako’s “seal” and a symbol of her time as a member of the royal family.
Noriko started working on the arch last year. Since the arch is large enough for a person to pass through, it will take a considerable amount of time to complete.
However, this sentence means that Mako will return to Akishino’s residence, which means that her husband, Komuro, will also return home with her.
Mr. Komuro will find out at the end of October whether he has passed or failed the New York bar exam for the third time, but until he passes the exam, it will be difficult for him to return to Japan in two ways.
The first is that he has no face to present to His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino. His Highness does not expect Mr. Komuro to be a lawyer or to have a high income.
However, he went to the U.S. for three years to study for the New York State Bar, even though his engagement was postponed. Even though he came to the U.S. because Mako wanted him to establish an overseas base, His Highness would not be satisfied unless he passed the bar exam at the very least,” said an official of the Imperial Household Agency.
(A source in the Imperial Household Agency) “Passing the exam is all that is necessary, but there is another problem that is a much higher hurdle. That is “repayment of debts to the old family.
Mr. Komuro received financial support for his living expenses while studying in the U.S. from Okuno & Associates, the law firm where he worked in Japan. Since he spent three years in New York, where prices are high, the amount is said to have been about 10 million yen. Incidentally, this assistance was not a salary but a “loan,” money lent to Mr. Komuro.
In the first place, Mr. Komuro had originally planned to return to Japan after his study abroad and rejoin “Okuno & Associates. What happened to that promise…. Incidentally, he is currently working as a legal assistant at a local law firm, where the average annual salary is said to be 6 million yen, but it seems that he cannot even make ends meet in New York.
On the other hand, it is said that the average annual income of an attorney in the state of New York is 20 million yen….
Mako is working as an intern at the “Metropolitan Museum of Art,” but she is still unpaid. Even if Mr. Komuro could become a lawyer, he would just barely make enough money for the two of them to live in New York.
Even if he makes ends meet after becoming a lawyer, I wonder when he will be able to pay back the nearly 10 million yen to the firm… It is more difficult for her to return to Japan easily until she pays off her debts than it is for her to meet with Prince Akishino. In other words, Mako’s return to her hometown, which Noriko is hoping for, will probably be a long time in the future…” (A source close to the Akishino family)
When will the day come when the Komuro couple will be able to cross the sea…?
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