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Princess Mako's fiance to study in U.S. from summer

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Komuro . . . plans to attend a law school in the United States for several years 

Oh dear. That is a shame - though good for his career. how long is "several"?

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Well law school is 3 years, and he also has to pass the BAR exam in some state. He will mostly likely choose New York's exam because it seems to be more prestigious in the eyes of Japanese businesses and society.

Why is his mother's debt a problem? Is she suppose to pay for the wedding? Is the debt an embarrassment for the royal family by association? Will the son not be able to take care of his own wife? It sounds like the agency dozens think he is good enough of to marry her.

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So who's paying his college fees and living expenses?

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I would certainly recommend anyone educated in a Japanese university also study internationally. It seems the Princess also supports this strategy. Time is not a problem if the two parties care for each other......

Law schools are tough to get into these days so if he gets a spot that is fantastic. 

I have mentioned the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to lawyers in Japan, and many have never heard of this Charter. If I were a young man looking to study law I would focus less on the business law since we have many people experienced in this topic and more on ethics, society, and law. Japan needs more lawyers and judges familiar with ethics, society and law.

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The guy is working and studying at night. He will study in America. If I was the father-in-law, I would see this as a sign he really wants to take care of his new wife.

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Yes Silvafan It is a problem with his mother's debts. He will not be able to take care of his wife. She is giving up many things to marry this guy. He could sell stories to paparazzo. He wants (I heard that he asked) the Royal Family to pay off his mother's debt

How will he be able to pay for a great University? That is a great question.

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Komuro, who currently works as a paralegal at the law firm in Tokyo, plans to attend a law school in the United States for several years and hopes to gain U.S. lawyer qualification.

So who will he work for in America?

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The sources said Komuro will decide how to spend his days in the United States by consulting with the princess.

How will he fill his days? Studying. Law school isn't something you pass without crazy amounts of effort and dedication, even for people gifted with legal skills.

Sitting for the Bar is another hurdle. Many have to retake the Bar exam a few times before they pass.

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Yes Silvafan It is a problem with his mother's debts. He will not be able to take care of his wife. She is giving up many things to marry this guy. He could sell stories to paparazzo. He wants (I heard that he asked) the Royal Family to pay off his mother's debt

How will he be able to pay for a great University? That is a great question.

Nothing from the story shows that he couldn't take care of his wife. It shows that the couple wouldn't be able to live up to certain expectations set forth by the Agency that controls the royal families lives. He won't be coming right out of school making a million dollars a year or taking over a families company. His legal career takes time which means a little bit of struggle. His moms debt is probably for his school, so he won't be buying a house anytime soon, too. If they love each other then a few years of the living as a married couple in a small apartment while they both work to save up for their own place isn't beyond reason. So if the agency is pressuring him then maybe they should help out.

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I hope she doesn't mind him sowing his Wild Oats while he's away. Maybe that will give her an honorable exit out of this farce

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If and when Princess Mako decides to become a commoner, she will also be gifted about ¥150 million, so she won't be worrying about the pennies.

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If and when Princess Mako decides to become a commoner, she will also be gifted about ¥150 million, so she won't be worrying about the pennies.

That's not really a lot of money. That's the royal equivalent to pocket change.

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That's not really a lot of money. That's the royal equivalent to pocket change.

Actually it will be more money she has ever personally had in her life. How many other commoners receive such a gift? She can also chose to stay within the family and maintain her current lifestyle.

The money is not paid by the imperial family who have no wealth. The money will be paid by the taxpayer.

If she becomes a commoner she will be able to vote and pay tax, shop and do her own chores.

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Actually it will be more money she has ever personally had in her life. How many other commoners receive such a gift? She can also chose to stay within the family and maintain her current lifestyle.

How do you know for sure that is the most that she has personally had? 150million is equal to 15,000 dollars. That won't last very long for most people with some income coming in and your preferred lifestyle taken into consideration. It maybe a lot for the poor but it isn't unheard of for the middle class and higher to receive that much in some way shape or form. Teenagers are sometimes bought brand new cars in high school or college in different cultures. For the wealthy, that is just spending money for the day. Japan being a mostly cash based society means that it probably even more common for that amount to pass the through people's hands.

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150 million yen is almost $1,400,000 dollars at current exchange rate--not too shabby

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150 million yen is roughly 1.5 million in dollars and thats a lot of tax money paid by the commoners.

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@Zichi

I read your post wrong. I was thinking 150 man. My mistake! I understand what you mean.

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He should aim at passing the Bar exam somewhere in the US, then he and Mako can marry and live there away from the malignant influence of the IHA.

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That guy is smart to get away from nearly ruining his life. Plenty of normal fish in the sea without the imperial baggage.

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It sounds like he’s going for a JD which takes 3 years. An LLM could be 1 year and is basically a decorative degree for executives.

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This is shameful. The meddling Imperial Household is intent on breaking up this wonderful couple.

WHY ?? I am only guessing, he stood up to this despotic regime.

So now they force them apart in a act of PURE SPITE.

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Zenji,

Since he was studying at the Hitotsubashi University’s Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, it’s no surprise that the next step might be to study for a law degree overseas. In fact, I remember that when the engagement was first announced, TV commentators were saying that as he’d probably study overseas, Princess Mako might end up living in the US or UK with him for a time.

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‘Why is his mother's debt a problem? Is she suppose to pay for the wedding? ‘

’he stood up to this despotic regime. 

So now they force them apart in a act of PURE SPITE.’

His mother borrowed $40,000 from someone ( a man, I have forgotten if it was a relative or someone she was seeing) to pay for part of his college expenses, and then refused to pay it back, saying it was a gift. That’s bad enough as it is, but the mother visited the royal family in December twice without an appointment to discuss the royal family paying off her debt as a ‘ condition’ of marriage. That takes nerve. So it’s not spite or anything else. The Royals and the Agency are afraid that his mother will be a constant source of trouble. If she’s this nervy before the wedding.....

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'The sources said Komuro will decide how to spend his days in the United States by consulting with the princess.'

What?!

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Which law school?

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Their relationship has ended! How can a lady wait for a guy aboard for several years !? This is ridiculous, a pretext to forget him!

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