(Reuters) – Kei Komuro is likely to be essentially the most headline-grabbing lawyer you’ve by no means heard of.
Komuro on Tuesday is set to marry Japan’s Princess Mako, the niece of Emperor Naruhito and a member of the Imperial Household. The couple’s arduous four-year engagement has generated intense public scrutiny of their residence nation, although Komuro, who joined Lowenstein Sandler this fall, till just lately flew largely below the radar in america.
They’ve drawn comparisons within the press to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, partially as a result of Komuro is not a royal and since many in Japan disapprove of the match.
Komuro graduated in Could from Fordham College Faculty of Regulation and took the New York bar examination in July. He is listed as a regulation clerk in Lowenstein’s New York workplace, within the agency’s company and tech teams. (Companies typically designate new affiliate recruits as regulation clerks whereas awaiting their bar outcomes. Lowenstein didn’t reply to requests for touch upon Komuro’s standing. Fordham regulation officers declined to touch upon Komuro’s time on campus.)
The identical day as Komuro’s Oct. 26 wedding ceremony, he may also be acknowledged by the New York State Bar Affiliation’s Enterprise Regulation Part because the winner of its annual writing competitors for his article, “Compliance Problems in Website Accessibility and Implications for Entrepreneurs.”
The couple met as undergraduates in Tokyo and introduced their engagement in 2017. However their wedding ceremony plans had been placed on maintain after a Japanese tabloid reported on a monetary dispute involving Komuro’s mom and public sentiment soured.
Komuro enrolled at Fordham Regulation in 2018 and didn’t return to Japan till late September. Japanese paparazzi photographed him off campus sporting shaggy hair and Crocs—prompting extra finger wagging again residence.
Japanese royals play a ceremonial position within the nation and don’t have any political energy, however they’re intently watched by the general public. As is customary, Princess Mako will formally go away the Imperial Household when she and Komuro marry because of his standing as a commoner. She is foregoing a one-off $1.35 million fee to ladies who exit the Imperial Household. The couple is skipping a marriage ceremony and can as an alternative register their marriage at a authorities workplace earlier than settling in New York.
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