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    Princess Mako and her new husband Komuri Kei officially began their new life as a married couple in New York, touching down in the Big Apple early on Sunday morning after a 13-hour flight from Tokyo.

    Mako, 30, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of reigning Emperor Naruhito, tied the knot with university sweetheart Kei Komuro, a commoner, in Tokyo after an eight-year engagement – despite many in their native country not supporting the nuptials.

    Today, the couple cut casual figures as they were pictured jetting out of Tokyo – with a crowd of spectators and photographers in attendance – bound for the Big Apple.

    The newlyweds have been living in a modest Tokyo apartment together ahead of the move to New York, where Komuro works as a lawyer at the New Jersey-based law firm Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

    After arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the young couple was seen leaving the terminal while flanked by a Japanese security detail as well as local police officers.

    They grabbed their luggage and were then driven to their new home in Manhattan – a one-bedroom rented apartment.

    While the apartment is a one-bedroom, the building is a luxury residential tower that offers amenities including a fitness center equipped with Peloton bikes, a yoga studio, a screening room, an in-house spa, a golf simulator section, landscaped decks with barbecues and table tennis, a library curated by Strand Book Store, and a 24-hour attended lobby.

    The location, right in the heart of the Hell’s Kitchen section of Manhattan, is a stone’s throw away from famous New York City landmarks including Central Park and Lincoln Center.

    According to the building’s web site, one-bedroom apartments are available for rent for $4,809 per month. A two-bedroom apartment in the building would set the tenant back $7,085 per month.

     

     

    Princess Mako and her new husband Komuri Kei officially began their new life as a married couple in New York, touching down in the Big Apple early on Sunday morning after a long flight from Tokyo

    Mako Komuro, former Japan's Princess Mako and the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, arrives with her husband Kei from Tokyo to start their new life in the U.S. at JFK International airport in New York on Sunday

    The former Japanese royal and her husband wore face coverings after their arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Sunday

    The former Japanese royal and her husband wore face coverings after their arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Sunday

    Princess Mako and her husband were flanked by security as they arrived at JFK Airport in New York on Sunday

    The young couple (above) were seen arriving at their new home in Manhattan on Sunday

    The newlyweds have been living in a modest Tokyo apartment together ahead of the move to New York, where Komuro works as a lawyer at the New Jersey-based law firm Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

    Big Apple bound: Princess Mako and her new husband Kei Komuro, both 30, cut casual figures as they were pictured leaving Tokyo's Haneda international airport on Sunday as they begin a new life together in the US

    Crowds and media gathered to watch the pair, escorted by a sizeable entourage, make their way through the terminal as they jet to the US to begin a new life in New York, following their wedding in October

    The couple, dragging suitcases behind them, have faced criticism in their homeland and will now reside in New York to support Komuro's law career at New Jersey firm Lowenstein Sandler LLP

    Mako wore a low-key navy blue knitted jumper with button detail and co-ordinated wide-legged trousers as she pulled along a suitcase in the same colour

    Princess Mako, 30, pictured ahead of leaving Tokyo on Sunday; her relationship with Komuro has dominated newspaper headlines in the country after it was discovered that his mother had not repaid a 4million yen ($35,000) loan from a former fiancé, partly to pay her son's law studies tuition

    Passport in hand, the former royal, who is expected to find a job of her own when the couple settle in New York, makes her way past airport officials

    Komuro, who was reported to have failed some of his legal exams, led his bride through the crowds at the airport

    Before landing in the US on Sunday, Mako declined the offer of 140million yen (£890,000) payment to which she was entitled for leaving the imperial family, palace officials said, and is expected to find a job in New York.

    Wearing white facemasks and pulling suitcases behind them, Mako and Komuro were accompanied by a sizeable entourage, as global media gathered to capture the couple at the airport in Tokyo.

    For the long flight to JFK, the former princess opted for a low-key navy blue jumper with button detail and coordinated wide-legged trousers while her new husband wore a cozy knitted green cardigan and navy corduroy trousers.

    Earlier this month, it was revealed Komuro had failed the New York State Bar Association exam, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK.

    The couple has rented a one-bedroom apartment in a luxury residence in the Hell's Kitchen section of New York City

    According to the building's web site, one-bedroom apartments are available for rent for $4,809 per month. A two-bedroom apartment in the building would set the tenant back $7,085 per month

    The image above shows a one-bedroom apartment inside the building where the couple is renting an apartment

    The living space appears modern and luxurious with a stand-alone kitchen and neatly tiled floors

    The image above shows the bathroom in one of the apartments inside the New York City building where the couple has taken up residence

    The image above shows a billiards room - one of the luxury amenities inside the apartment building

    There is also a library curated by Strand Book Store (as seen in the stock image above)

    The outdoor deck, which is equipped with table tennis and barbecues, offers a view of the Hudson River and New Jersey
    The fitness room is equipped with Peloton bikes. There is also an adjacent yoga studio

    The lobby is manned 24 hours. The image above shows the lobby of the building in the Hell's Kitchen section of Manhattan

    Komuro took the exam earlier this summer, with the exam results were posted on the website of the New York State Board of Law Examiners on Friday. His name was not among the successful candidates.

    According to the broadcaster, Komuro ha said he plans to continue studying and will retake the exams in February.

    Meanwhile Mako has said she will continue to support her husband’s studies.

    Polls show that up to 80 per cent of Japanese oppose the marriage that took place with none of the usual pomp and ceremony in a register office in Tokyo.

    Doting husband Komuro, wearing a seasonal knitted jumper, waits for his bride as the couple made their way through security

    A huge entourage accompanied the couple as they made their way through the airport for the 12-and-a-half hour flight to New York

    Kei Komuro walks pass the boarding gate amongst other passengers upon departure at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on Sunday

    Fellow passengers looked on as the couple made their way down the airport's travelator, with seven staff members shielding them from the general public

    Around 91 per cent of Japanese people said they wouldn't support the couple's marriage, following the scandal over Komuro's finances

    Earlier this year, the palace revealed that the negative reaction to her upcoming wedding had affected Mako's mental health

    Mako walks pass the boarding gate as the couple prepare to get on the plane ahead of their morning flight to the US

    Carrying a heavy winter coat, the Japanese royal makes her way through security at the airport

    Japanese media gathered at the airport this morning as the former Princess and her husband arrived to board the flight that would see them start a new life in America

    Last year, the now ex-princess begged the Japanese public to support her decision to marry her partner of eight years

    Mako, the eldest daughter of Crown Prince Fumihito and niece of reigning Emperor Naruhito, pictured in October at her wedding to university sweetheart Komuro

    Komuro was raised by his widowed mother, Kayo. His father died when he was still in elementary school. His jobs in Japan included working in a bank and a French restaurant.

    He met Mako in 2013 when they were both studying at the International Christian University outside Tokyo.

    His proposal propelled him to the front page of Japanese newspapers – his only previous claim to fame had come from being named Prince of the Sea to lead a tourism campaign in the coastal town of Fujisawa.

    The couple, both now 30, got ‘unofficially engaged’ in 2017, and planned to tie the knot in November 2018.

    Initially the news was greeted with delight in Japan, but then a scandal grew up when it was discovered that Kayo had not repaid a 4million yen ($35,000) loan from a former fiancé, partly to pay her son’s tuition.

    Komuro was raised by his widowed mother, Kayo. His father died when he was still in elementary school. He is pictured above age nine with his late dad

     

     

    That led critics to suggest Komuro was only marrying the princess for money or fame.

    Komuro issued a 24-page explanation about the money – claiming it was a gift not a loan. That made him even more unpopular.

    Eventually he said he would repay it, although it is not known whether the money has been returned.

    In an online poll just five per cent of respondents in Japan said they would congratulate the couple or celebrate, with an overwhelming 91 per cent saying they wouldn’t.

    But despite the turmoil Kei and Mako’s love endured. Last year the now ex-princess begged the Japanese public to support her decision.

    ‘We are irreplaceable to each other – someone to rely on during both happy and unhappy times,’ she said, announcing the wedding would go ahead.

    ‘So a marriage is a necessary choice for us to live while cherishing and protecting our feelings.’

    On Tuesday, her words were nearly identical. ‘For me, Kei is irreplaceable,’ she said. ‘Marriage was a necessary choice for us.’

    But his trip home only drew more negative publicity after he arrived at Narita Airport sporting a ponytail, a hairstyle that is deemed disrespectful

    In prepared remarks, she also said: ‘I acknowledge that there are various opinions about our marriage. I feel very sorry for the people to whom we gave trouble.

    ‘I’m grateful for the people who have been quietly concerned about us, or those who continued supporting us without being confused by baseless information.’

    She said incorrect reporting on her new husband had caused her ‘great fear, stress and sadness.’

    ‘The flow of arbitrary criticism of Kei’s actions, as well as one-sided speculation that ignored my feelings, made falsehoods somehow seem like reality and turn into an unprovoked story that spread,’ she added.

    Komuro has not lived in Japan for three years.

    Soon after the marriage was postponed, he moved to New York, studying law at Fordham University in the Bronx and then landing a job clerking at Lowenstein Sandler in Manhattan, counseling companies and investors on venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions.

    He was also criticized for wearing a pin-striped suit when visiting his future in-laws in 2017 (pictured)

    He wore pinstripes again during his marriage ceremony (pictured) on Tuesday

     

     

     

    He had become so disillusioned with his homeland that he didn’t return once to see his fiancée until going back in September to prepare for his wedding.

    And his trip inevitably brought more bad publicity. Conservatives were shocked that he arrived at Narita Airport sporting a ponytail – which he cut off before getting married.

    They deemed his hairstyle ‘disrespectful’ and piled on the scorn when they noted that he visited his future in-laws wearing a pin-striped suit rather than one in a solid color. He got married in pinstripes as well.

    He was also criticized for his body language – his foes say he keeps his hands in his pockets too much.

    But despite the negative feeling towards Komuro, the Japan Times called him ‘a polite and upstanding man.’

    On the day of his marriage, he was announced as winner of the New York State Bar Association’s annual student writing competition for a piece on ‘compliance problems in website accessibility and implications for entrepreneurs.’

    His prize was a check for $2,000, which won’t go far toward the $1.35million Mako agreed to give up under pressure from an unsympathetic Japanese public. That amount has been paid to the two princesses who have previously left the royal family.

    High profile: Princess Mako of Japan, right, donned a traditional J¿nihitoe as she took part in a procession through Tokyo's Imperial Palace to mark her uncle's formal ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne in 2019

    Princess Mako of Akishino poses for photographs prior to attend the graduation ceremony at the International Christian University on March 26, 2014 in Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan

    End of the line: Princess Mako is expected to lose her royal titles when she marries Kei Komuro, whom she met while studying at International Christian University (ICU) and is set to marry next year after postponing their wedding in 2018. Pictured, the princess in 2011

    Only male members of the Japanese imperial family are allowed to marry ‘commoners, so Mako’s decision to marry for love means a whole slew of new things for her.

    For a start, she is no longer considered a princess – even if the marriage ends in divorce she can never return to the family.

    For the first time in her life she has a surname and will be known just as Mako Komuro.

    She will also have to apply for a passport – royals don’t need them – so she can move Stateside.

    She can no longer live in the Imperial Palace. And any sons the couple have will not be in the line of succession for the male-only emperorship.

    And that is a potential problem in Japan where there are now only three people allowed by the Imperial Household Law to succeed 61-year-old Emperor Naruhito – and one of those, his uncle Masohito, is 85.

    There were also no official portraits, like these ones taken of then-Crown Prince Prince Naruhito and his wife Crown Princess Masako with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko after their wedding at the Imperial Palace June 9, 1993 in Tokyo

    There were also no official portraits, like these ones taken of then-Crown Prince Prince Naruhito and his wife Crown Princess Masako with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko after their wedding at the Imperial Palace June 9, 1993 in Tokyo

    The other two are Nauruhito’s 55-year-old brother Akishino – Mako’s father – and Mako’s brother Hisahito, 15.

    The couple blame the negative publicity focused on Mako for the decline in her health. The Imperial Household Agency said earlier this year that she is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder brought on by the public pressure.

    And that could only have been made worst by the protestors who gathered in a Tokyo park holding signs opposing the marriage.

    The commoner who wooed a princess: How Kei Komuro overcame scandal to wed Mako

    Komuro was raised by a single mother, with some media reports saying part of his education was funded by his mother’s former fiancé.

    At one point, he earned some money by working for tourism promotion near Tokyo.

    Trouble erupted a few months after he and Mako announced their engagement in 2017, when tabloids reported a financial dispute between Komuro’s mother and her former fiance, with the man claiming mother and son had failed to repay a debt of about $35,000.

    Komuro later said the money had been a gift, not a loan. But in 2021, he submitted a 24-page explanation and later reportedly said he would pay a settlement.

    In September 2018, he left for studies at New York’s Fordham University and didn’t return until September this year, after having graduated from law school and started working at a New York law firm.

    When he returned to Japan, he was dressed casually and sporting long hair drawn back in a ponytail, setting off a media frenzy because it was deemed ‘disrespectful’.

    But on Tuesday morning, ponytail shorn and dressed in a crisp dark suit and tie, he left to claim his bride. Most of his face was covered with a mask in line with Japan’s coronavirus protocol, but he looked happy.

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    Åñdrøîd
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    Lovely
    But I can’t read ? all

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    John Walter El Marshall
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    Love in the air, so I hold my breath…

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    Grace
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    Love oh love!!!

    Congratulations to them

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    sheegokeys
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    That they choose their happiness over royalty life is the most humility I’ve ever seen in my life… May God bless their union

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    Peace Egwuatu
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    Nice

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    They call it love

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    sweet
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    congratulations to them

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