Kei Komuro is married to Mako, the eldest daughter of the Akishino family. His life in the U.S., which will be a new beginning for him, may have dark clouds hanging over it.
Unfortunately, Mr. Komuro failed to pass the New York State bar exam. He was so good that he won the essay competition, but it seems that the bar exam was not a straightforward one.
He will be able to re-take the bar exam next February. With only four months to go, that day will come in a flash.
“The law firm where Mr. Komuro worked, Lowenstein Sandler, hired him as a legal secretary after he graduated. But the next February will be his last chance. In a serious society, it is not surprising to think that there is no merit in keeping around a person who fails the bar exam twice.
Moreover, the office seems to be baffled by the recent flood of inquiries from Japan and has finally blocked access to the office’s website from Japan” (local journalist).
If this happens, what will happen to Mako’s dream of living in America? There are reports that Mako has been offered a job at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but if Komuro can’t become a lawyer, will he be left on his own?
“If he doesn’t get the job, he won’t even be able to stay in the U.S. since his visa will expire next May. But Mr. Komuro has a pipeline. A leading figure in the Japanese people’s network who can take care of him in New York has been taking care of him so far. There is a possibility that Mr. Komuro will find his next job in any way he can.
However, even if he were to find a job without a lawyer’s license, he would not be able to live a satisfactory life in the high cost of living in New York.
“If Mr. Komuro and Ms. Mako were to appear as a couple in the international media, the fee would be extremely high. I wouldn’t be surprised if some media outlets are already targeting them. Even though Mako was at the wedding press conference, she expressed her displeasure with the “untrue stories” and “slander. It is only natural that some media would want to hear her true feelings.
I’m sure they would be offered a substantial amount of money just to talk about their struggles in Japan. Even if they don’t want to do it, if their cronies in the area instigate the two of them for the purpose of making money…there is a good chance that they will appear on the show.
(Female reporter) Just becoming a lawyer in a foreign country and earning 20 million yen a year is probably no mean feat, but if a former Japanese princess were to appear in the media, she would surely earn a considerable amount of money. In fact, it’s a world where big money flies, with Prince Henry and Princess Meghan, who left the British Royal Family, signing a 16 billion yen contract for a Netflix show. I wonder what kind of decision they will make when the second test turns out to be a “what if” — a decision that will not be easy to make.
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