Komuro Kei fails NY bar exam, intends to try again

NHK has learned that Komuro Kei, the husband of Japan's former Princess Mako, has failed the New York state bar exam and intends to try again.

NHK interviewed lawyer Okuno Yoshihiko, who heads a law firm in Japan where Komuro once worked.

Okuno says he spoke with Komuro by phone on Saturday morning who informed him that he had failed to pass the bar exam.

The lawyer says Komuro told him that he will continue studying and will rewrite the exam in February.

Okuno said he also spoke with Mako who said that she will continue to support her husband's studies.

The exam results were posted on the website of the New York State Board of Law Examiners on Friday. Komuro's name was not on the list of successful candidates.

Komuro has been working as a law clerk in New York state since September, after graduating from a law school there.

Komuro and Mako were married on Tuesday. The couple are currently in Tokyo, but plan to leave for the United States once Mako completes preparations including obtaining a passport and visa.