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Princess Mako’s boyfriend graduates from law school in New York


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The boyfriend of Japan’s Princess Mako has graduated from his law school in New York.

Kei Komuro, who is engaged to Princess Mako, graduated from Fordham University’s School of Law and had his online graduation ceremony on Sunday.

Komuro enrolled at the American school in 2018 after working as a paralegal in a Tokyo law firm. His attorney said that he plans to study and take the New York bar exam in July.

Princess Mako and Kei Komuro’s engagement was announced in September 2017, but financial issues for his family led to the wedding’s postponement. In April of this year, he said that he wants to enter negotiations for a settlement payment to bring the financial controversy to an end. His mother’s former fiance has accused the family of not paying back the money they owe him after he loaned them ¥4 million.

No date for a wedding has been set, but the pair insist that they still plan to wed.

The couple met in 2012 while studying at the International Christian University in Tokyo.

Princess Mako is the eldest child of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko and the eldest grandchild of Emperor Emeritus Akihito. Her uncle, Naruhito, is the reigning Emperor of Japan. Mako is not in the line of succession as women are not allowed to ascend to the Japanese throne. They must also renounce their titles and membership in the Imperial Family upon marriage to a commoner.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites including Global News Canada, ABC News Australia, WION India and BBC World News.