Former Princess Mako, husband head for US

Former Princess Mako and husband Komuro Kei have left Japan for the United States. The couple will live in New York. Mako is the eldest daughter of Crown Prince and Princess Akishino.

The couple departed from Tokyo's Haneda Airport Sunday morning. They married on October 26 and have been living in an apartment in Tokyo since.

Komuro is employed by a New York-based legal firm. Sources say he has been working online as a law clerk while in Japan.

The newlyweds are said to have expressed gratitude to the Imperial family and people who supported them before leaving.

Komuro failed the New York state bar exam earlier this year. But he says he will continue to study and retake the test in February.

The couple will be renting an apartment in New York that Komuro's friends helped arrange.