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Ready the brown envelopes.

This poor guy just can't catch a break.

9 ( +27 / -18 )

We don't care.

38 ( +58 / -20 )

So basically its unsure if he passed the test or not but apparently JT is certain his name isn't in it.

Also, leave these people alone. Whether he passed or not is their business.

54 ( +66 / -12 )

It appears 6 names are not listed at this time so, this only means the way the headline reads at this hour: “Name of former princess Mako's husband [Kei Komuro]not on New York bar exam pass list” as of 4:48pm JST Sat, Oct 30, 2021

Of the 9,227 people who took the test, 5,791 passed, according to the examination board. But the list released on its website only contains 5,785 names” -

On average in 2020, only 40% taking the bar passed on their first attempt.

“Good Luck”, young man.

30 ( +38 / -8 )

We should cut him some slack on this one. JFK Jr. failed it twice and he was a native English speaker. It must have been very challenging for Kei Kun.

52 ( +62 / -10 )

Not a good start in NY. The picture is annoying as well.

-21 ( +9 / -30 )

Maybe ‘not so certain’ from a liability standpoint @アーメド 5:07pm - They’ve been known to change headlines midstream on many occasions.

@アーメド 5:07pm: “*So basically its unsure if he passed the test or not but *apparently JT is certain his name isn't in it.

This is a website and not a printed newspaper. THIS is a prime hour for website traffic. The final headline can come later, perhaps with a note by the editor?

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

It happens. I knew an American guy bombed his first bar exam and the firm kept him on and he passed the New Jersey bar in February. Names should not be hidden for any reason.

11 ( +16 / -5 )

All forms of news media whether online sites, social media apps, TV, and print make money basically from the amount of impressions they get, it's an important metric used when valuing companies and obviously how they sell advertising space. Therefore, don't be surprised when you see articles with misleading headlines, whether on purpose or not, it's just part of the overall game. Basically anything you read now online take with a grain of salt. Mako-san and her husband will build a nice life for themselves in NY hopefully. Best of luck to them.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

Surprised they are going to live in New York. New York is horrible now (high crime, dirty, poor political policies, etc). Tokyo is way, way better, cleaner, and safer city.

-1 ( +22 / -23 )

Best not to jump the gun here.

Sorry JT, but as pointed out, this story is like something you’d read in The Daily Mail or NY Post.

23 ( +28 / -5 )

Who gives a toss?!?

8 ( +17 / -9 )

Toss of a coin? That exam is hard enough let alone with the added pressure of Gendai Magazine paparazzi at your apartment door and the imminent wedding to a 29 year old Japanese woman who can’t wait until after 30!

0 ( +9 / -9 )

Japanese bullying

17 ( +27 / -10 )

Is this news? Well, if Mr. Komura did not pass this time, good luck with the re-sit. At least he tried, which is more than can be said of his in-laws.

28 ( +34 / -6 )

スキャンダル !!!!

No seriously, who cares.

3 ( +12 / -9 )

Interesting. Nobody cares, yet the comments just keep flowing in.

2 ( +12 / -10 )

I don't care must about Komuro. I am only wondering if his employment is at stake.

Here I get a bit more interested in career development for American law qrads/experts. A tabloid story suggests that if he passes the bar exam, he would earn the annual salary of about 20 million yen; if he fails, he would still gain 6 million yen (as a para-legal clerk?). Is that case average and representative in NY? Can we say that an investment for a JD via expensive law school program pay off?

BTW, Komuro didn't pay for his study as his Japanese firm reportedly covered it.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Tokyo is way, way better (than New York)

In general I would agree, however most people in Tokyo don't hate me.

16 ( +21 / -5 )

Tabloid source:

小室圭さん NY司法試験発表 収入2千万超、不合格なら600万「ゴゴスマ」清原弁護士

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/5e4ec18fe10673b04416112b5efa642f94cd039b

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Who really cares?

-5 ( +6 / -11 )

How much longer is the parasitic media going to keep making innuendos? Shame on you!!!

3 ( +12 / -9 )

So what? He can take the exam again. Not everyone passes first time. This is pathetic, it’s just dig, dig, dig. Leave them alone.

21 ( +27 / -6 )

He will be well paid until the next exam in February but if he fails that he may get canned. A young Kennedy man was well known for failing repeatedly. It happens.

12 ( +16 / -4 )

Agreed @AlanHarrison 5:46pm. If not, there is still hope. NY no limits to the number of times one may sit for the bar. And, many firms will retain candidates while they prepare for the re-sit. And 28% of those who retested in 2020 passed the NY Bar exam on their second try.

*- @AlanHarrison 5:46pm: **“Well, if Mr. Komura did not pass this time, good luck with the re-sit. At least he tried,…” - *

Continued “Best Wishes!” For the young couple.

3 ( +8 / -5 )

I failed to take lottery tickets many times. One can always get lucky.

His wife should have taken the 1.5 million gift.

-8 ( +4 / -12 )

So he passed or he didn’t. It’s a fun picture, though.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

This is a private, newlywed couple. They do not have, and nor do they seek, any public role or profile. Why is the media hounding them so? I wish them happiness and suggest they be left in peace.

13 ( +18 / -5 )

Tokyo is better? Then why do the mega-wealthy from all over the world come to live in NYC when the world is their oyster?

4 ( +10 / -6 )

"His wife should have taken the 1.5 million gift."

She could not take that gift, because the gift was not offered. Her father refused to allow her wedding; and as a result, there was no wedding--only the bizarre scene which we all watched on television.

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

OMG...Tabloid obachan crowd,s world is ending with this news .

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

New York is not one of the UBE states that limit the number of times an applicant can take the exam, or require special permission. New York allows taking the exam as many times as one wants. Not a big deal, but looks like the media are trying to make something out of it as they always have.

9 ( +14 / -5 )

What a retarded attitude that royalty cannot marry a commoner, even the British Crown has moved on from that position after the tragedy of Princess Marrgaret and Group Captain Townsend.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

Much ado about nothing…

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Give the kid a break.

The bar exam is super hard to pass. You are looking at a ~10% pass rate, so no shame in failing first time. He will get more shots at it and pass.

Give these private American residents a break, media. They have no formal connection to Japanese royalty any more.

5 ( +15 / -10 )

This is a non-story and quite a disgusting piece, yet it’s on the “top story” section. It’s almost like the media wants to keep slamming the poor fella as a commoner as the Japanese media likes stating and a failure, yet it hasn’t been confirmed if he passed or failed the bar exam.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

dan

Who really cares?

And who cares about your opinion as well ! ?

-2 ( +6 / -8 )

Ridiculous non story, the only motivation for writing this piece as far as I can see is to continue the media orchestrated attack on a young couple who have harmed no one (apart perhaps from the sensibilities of a few loony extreme ultra nationalists).

Despicable.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

The bar exam is easy according to my friends, but passing it is tough. My family members, the doctors found medical exams much easier. Passed those, but none passed the bar.

-5 ( +5 / -10 )

Not so much that “*Nobody cares…” **@Alex 5:53pm **but that many are here just to figuratively ‘hold up a finger’, either ‘in favor of’ or, ‘in disapproval of’ *media’s incessant need and greed to continue to cover the private lives** of ‘two Japanese citizens now choosing to live abroad. - Like all comments & opinions expressed here, the individual choice of which finger remains truly subjective.

*- @Alex 5:53pm: “Interesting. Nobody cares, yet the comments just keep flowing in.” *

Continued and sincere “Best Wishes!” to the young couple now living abroad.

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

For example, it could be a “Thumbs Up” to the media or a “Thumbs Down” for continuing posting headlines about private citizens.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Leave them alone.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

NO ONE CAaaaaaaaaRE's, just leave them alone.

0 ( +5 / -5 )

Successful people don't give up and they don't have to be classily clever. Plus nobody cares about this first world problem. Good luck to both of them.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

@Alex

Interesting. Nobody cares, yet the comments just keep flowing in.

Perhaps because what the people care about is that the media are still pestering them.

Leave them alone. She served for 30years as an imperial princess, she is not anymore. She deserve the right to be left alone same for him. They were pestered, to say the least, for years. Just leave them alone. Him passing or not is irrelevant and not of anybody concern.

Hope both of them will be happy and never again pestered by media.

Journalists should just go report of life of bears. How are their preparation going for winter ?

2 ( +7 / -5 )

If Kei Komuro has fallen on New York bar exam stoney ground, Kei Komuro can retake.

Both are now private citizens . It would be wise for the media to remember that.

3 ( +6 / -3 )

What a retarded attitude that royalty cannot marry a commoner, even the British Crown has moved on from that position after the tragedy of Princess Marrgaret and Group Captain Townsend.

Royalty have been marrying commoners for centuries.

1 ( +5 / -4 )

We are super successful but nobody cares. This young man will fail the exam many times but eventually, pass it.

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

Years ago I took GDL exams (and passed, heh!) but in the end decided not to pursue a career in law. From my my experience of law exams, I can tell you that it is 80% a test of memory, and there is practically centuries of case studies to go through, in addition to the statutes. Cases also overlap different areas of law, such as between criminal law and tort law adding to the confusion. In the run up to my exams I think I was getting about four hours' sleep a night and buzzing on pure adrenaline.

My sympathies with Komuro.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Japan, in the 21st century, still has hereditary royalty?

-13 ( +2 / -15 )

Royalty have been marrying commoners for centuries.

If you are religious and believe we all descend from Adam and Eve, then that means we are all royalty.

If you are not religious and believe we all descend from an ape mother in Africa, then that means we are all royalty.

If you believe that royalty are different and better, then they still should breed with us commoners because inbreeding of royalty amplifies recessive bad traits such as the infamous Hapsburg chin. In any case, Mr. Komuro will surely pass the bar on his next try unless he enjoys his honeymoon liberties too much.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

This is none of your business and please leave them alone!

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

Well the bar exam in Japan on September 7th has a passing rate of 41.5%. 1421 examinees passed.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Well the bar exam in Japan on September 7th has a passing rate of 41.5%. 1421 examinees passed.

Japanese people are very smart.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

JUST

LEAVE

THEM

ALONE

6 ( +10 / -4 )

All this stupid stuff for people to talk about when they should be happy for these two young people . I only want to second the John John Kennedy "Stratman" comment. Twice taken the New York law bar and failed as a native speaker. How many non-native Japanese speakers would pass the equivalent of this exam in Tokyo. Keep it light we are still in the pandemic mode. We need be celebrating good health and our future prosperity!

6 ( +8 / -2 )

He is nowhere near fluent in English, so how can he hope to pass the Bar exam?

-3 ( +9 / -12 )

media’s incessant need and greed to continue to cover the private lives** of ‘two Japanese citizens

She is still a member of the royal family, whether the commenters here agree or not, hence the coverage.

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

The BAR is not verbal. It is reading and checking dots. He will pass it eventually because he wants to do so.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

To him, speaking individually, I would wish to encourage him to keep at it and not to quit.

(Hard enough to pass the bar, let alone to do so while dating a royal. Yikes)!

To journalists and the unblinking eye of today's media business, I would strongly urge the collective to leave the poor guy alone.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Now what ?

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

That's a much nicer photo than yesterdays.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Just what the world needs, another lawyer.... Good luck to the "former" princess though, I hope she gets a chance at a real life.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

I guess he should give up on law and any worthwhile career and become a talento and InstaGram influencer... like Harry and Meghan?

That's the new, revised American Dream™ .

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

By making this big news, they are just trying to put him down.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Some dweebs in suits are definitely going to come up with a "Princess in NY" show or cheap, recorded direct on video movie made in Vancouver because it costs less.

"The Princess Wore Chopsticks"

"Princess in a Kimono"

"The Studio Apartment Princess"

"The Uber Driver and the Princess"

"UNIQLO in NY Princess"

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

like Harry

you mean the prince that served in the military and went to Afghanistan. The guy that runs a charity raising funds to help rid war torn countries of the legacy landmines cause. Or the Harry that started the invictus games to help disabled vets. I should have realised you would sum someone up so shallowly, after considering law a "worthwhile" career.

4 ( +10 / -6 )

"An executive of the board told Kyodo News the names of successful applicants may not be announced due to "administrative reasons."

Yeah, like a nosy nation that won't leave a person alone.

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

What’s the problem? Probabilities are highest that also all of our names here are not on that pass list.

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Princess Mako, as you were. The hate brigade with rabies can take a short dive off a concrete pier.

If I was a betting man, I'd say Looters Do Pay for a little extra tabloid distraction to get eyes off the abe "paid me bigtime" for masks and warehousing stories. What a cash grab of a party.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Why all these hateful posts about famous people, rich people, people with better connections than you, people more skilled than you ALL the time? Work on your own life. I imagine you have important things to do.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Would Jnews please show this couple smiling ??? if I had just married my beautiful wife i would be like a dog with two tails, all of the recent pictures show them strait faced, sombour, unhappy faces.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

What’s the problem? Probabilities are highest that also all of our names here are not on that pass list.

What a silly comment. Of course our names are not on it. There is no reason for them to be. Whereas there is a reason why his might be.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Would Jnews please show this couple smiling ???

Probably not, they don't traditionally do pics like that with the royal family in Japan. I don't know why they'd start because foreigners want them to.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Agree with most, leave them alone. And why NYC? It’s best days are long gone.

2 ( +6 / -4 )

This level of stalking and harassment must come to an end

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Tokyo apartment, driving license centre. Not much of a Honeymoon for the couple

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Well, the wife will have to work to support the family, and she won't have a trouble finding a 200K/year job with any one of Japanese corporations based in New York.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Leave them alone, Japanese reporters too free.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

@Dirk T

Tokyo is better? Then why do the mega-wealthy from all over the world come to live in NYC when the world is their oyster?

Not anymore. Many of the wealthy are leaving NYC because of the crime and bad political policies. Nearly 47% of businesses in NYC have closed permanently because of the heavy overreaching shutdowns. The US can be a good place for opportunity and making money. However, they are extremely wealthy already, so they could live anywhere in the world. If they really want to live in US, there are still much better, safer cities in the US in my opinion.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Many of the wealthy are leaving NYC

Let them. Most of the problems in America are due to wealth disparity. If the rich leave, it's not like the people are going to suddenly not have an economy, less wealthy means more wealth distribution among the people who actually do something to earn it.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

NY Bar Exam is among the hardest exams in the world. Let's this guy free from the media, please!

0 ( +8 / -8 )

From a Japanese wire service, surprise-surprise (Kyodo).

I think we can expect some regular shaming of this young lady for quite some time... punishment for ditching out on the group she was assigned to... and moreover, to her country by leaving it.

I'm sure we'll be hearing from Taro Aso at some point, he'll probably chime in.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Give them a break please.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

She so wants to leave Japan. This isn't a press issue but the imperial agency putting all this crap on her

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Surprised they are going to live in New York. New York is horrible now (high crime, dirty, poor political policies, etc). Tokyo is way, way better, cleaner, and safer city.

The whole point is they have to leave Japan where they are under the microscope at all times . In NY they will be almost anonymous and free to do what they want.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Just what America needs - 1000’s more lawyers

1 ( +4 / -3 )

From a rough overnight survey, it *appears *greater that 80% here consider media’s headline and news(?) story as a continued intrusion into private matters of two private citizens.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Goodness gracious leave the poor couple alone and let then get on with their lives.

Its no wonder they a chomping at the bit to exit Japan .

Former this or former that - it doesn't matter anymore .

Leave em alone !

-1 ( +4 / -5 )

This couple must have learned for the first time that there are places where their royal power doesn't work.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

Komuro will not comment on the matter, a person close to the couple said

And what sort of inference is he expecting?

Will such reticence cut the mustard in NY?

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

@CrashTestDummy

If they really want to live in US, there are still much better, safer cities in the US in my opinion.

There are very few other places that's as enriching as New York in terms of developing one's career and making connections; San Francisco/Silicon Valley area.

But guess what, the situation in San Francisco is same as New York. As a lawyer, Komuro's better off staying in New York.

-4 ( +3 / -7 )

This is his realities

he should not be homeless in NY

but for the prestigious job easily to be getting nowhere really longer .

It doesn’t pass the custom made - designed through for the world as ambitious Young boy Komuro

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Hmmm, looking at the NY bar exam pass list, my name isn't there either, nor anyones associated with the Japan Today. What does this mean?

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

The three button suit jacket used to be more popular. The collar is a little loose.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Its a cute photo of them actually.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

At the Japan Today Comments , Mr.Kei would not convince unless wish you all the best , better luck next time as well !

Mr.Kei has been done great lesson so far . But still not good enough.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

The guy is a creep, I would not be surprised if the royal household paid his tuition just to get him away from her. How did he pay for that BTW. If he was a nice guy the media would portray it as a fairytale wedding and the public would love him. The Japanese public don't like this guy, the media doesn't like him, and I am sure they have reason. She has made a mistake I fear.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

I would not be surprised if the royal household paid his tuition just to get him away from her. How did he pay for that BTW. 

He won a scholarship.

The Martin Scholarship is a merit scholarship covering the full cost of tuition from Fordham Law based on his strong academic and other credentials. The Martin Scholarship is not a loan and does not need to be repaid.

https://news.law.fordham.edu/blog/2018/07/05/kei-komuro-fiance-of-princess-mako-of-japan-to-attend-fordham-law/

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Mind your own business , the press is too free.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

The Imperial Family may have declared her a commoner, but they won't ever let her and her husband wind up with an embarrassing ending. He'll continue to get employed, regardless of his licensing, at a salary sufficient to keep them living in style.

She'll never wind up working a normal day job.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

Oh, that's just too bad.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

My friend and I made a bet on this.

I said Komuro would flunk the test.

My friend said otherwise and he now he owes me a case of beer.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

snowymountainhellOct. 30  05:09 pm JST

It appears names are not listed at this time so, this only means the way the headline reads at this hour: “Name of former princess Mako's husband [Kei Komuro]not on New York bar exam pass list” as of 4:48pm JST Sat, Oct 30, 2021

Of the 9,227 people who took the test, 5,791 passedaccording to the examination board. But the list released on its website only contains 5,785 names” -

On average in 2020, only 40% taking the bar passed on their first attempt.

“Good Luck”, young man.

We should cut him some slack on this one. JFK Jr. failed it twice and he was a native English speaker. It must have been very challenging for Kei Kun.

He can always try again. Albert Einstein had to repeat a math class. And even though John McCain was second to last (academically) in his Naval Academy graduation class, he went on to a meritorious and honorable career as a Navy officer and pilot in the Vietnam War. And he had the training, discipline and gusto to survive his ordeal as a POW. Then he went on to become a US Senator.

Taking tests do not reflect the potential, not always.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Passing the bar on one's first attempt is not normal.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

That picture says it all!!! Former Princess Mako asked her husband Kei Komuro did you pass the exam? As they look at each other during the press conference he says "I'm not sure but with your connections I am hoping I did!! The New York State Bar is a tough exam to pass if his name was not on the list he will have to wait to take it again and be a law clerk at the Japanese embassy in New York!!

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Given that English is his second language I don’t think it’s a big deal that he missed on the first go around. Besides there is a good chance he had points deducted because as a foreigner he cannot be a registered Democrat.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

Besides there is a good chance he had points deducted because as a foreigner he cannot be a registered Democrat.

Extremist hyper-partisan rhetoric is tearing apart your nation from the inside. But I bet you think it’s the other teams fault.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Just leave him alone. The only reason he's in the news is because of his other half. The fact that he's trying is great in itself. My cousin didn't pass until the 2nd try. For him to go through law school in another country with a different language is accomplishment enough, which is more than I can say for his mommy and his in-laws. Oh yes, what do they do for their country and why do we support them with our tax paying yen?

0 ( +2 / -2 )

The NY bar exam is notoriously difficult. So what if he didn’t pass it , he’s not alone. Just ask JFK jr, and plenty of other luminaries.

And I don’t care if he fails it again either.

Leave these two people alone, and report the real news truthfully for a change.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

RecklessOct. 30  05:22 pm JST

It happens. I knew an American guy bombed his first bar exam and the firm kept him on and he passed the New Jersey bar in February. 

Bar exam scores don’t exist. They are pass/fail and the examinees never know how well or horribly they did.

WolfpackToday  02:03 am JST

. Besides there is a good chance he had points deducted because as a foreigner he cannot be a registered Democrat.

This comment demonstrates the poster’s utter ignorance of the bar examination system.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

They are not leaving him alone. The Japanese media is questioning whether he took the bar exam or not.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

former Princess Mako's husband

The 'former' is a misprint, I hope. Or did they already divorced?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

A down vote? This is a matter of basic vocabulary knowledge!

0 ( +1 / -1 )

He can just take the test again.

Many Japanese bengoshi who took the bar exam in Japan failed 3, 4, 7 times. So for the Japanese, the idea of failing this kind of test is not one they would get overly emotional about.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

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