Princess Mako’s fiance, Kei Komuro, will attend the law school of Fordham University in New York starting in August, the school announced Thursday.
According to the announcement, Komuro will enter the law school’s one-year program for an advanced law certification on a full scholarship and he hopes to continue for two more years to receive a degree required to practice law in the United States.
The Imperial Household Agency announced the couple’s planned engagement last September, but said in February their wedding, initially scheduled for this fall, would be postponed until 2020 due to a “lack of preparation.”
It is rare for an Imperial marriage to be delayed for such a reason. Weekly magazines have reported a financial dispute involving Komuro’s mother, but the agency denied any link between the postponement and alleged money trouble.
Komuro, who currently works as a paralegal at a law firm in Tokyo, has been the princess’ longtime boyfriend, with the two first meeting at a 2012 gathering for those planning to study abroad. At the time, both were students at International Christian University in Tokyo.
While working for the Tokyo law firm, Komuro attended Hitotsubashi University’s graduate school at night to study business law. He graduated from the school this spring, sources close to the matter said earlier.