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Crown prince proclaimed 1st in line to throne

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Under Japan's Imperial House Law, only a man can become emperor, but historically this was not the case. There have in fact been eight female Japanese emperors to date The Emperor had hoped to change the law to allow their daughter to take the "crown" but the newly Crown Prince's Wife was determined that her son would become Emperor and not a female and has been calling out that her son should start his education on his duties. and the only way to do that is if he is directly inline for the "Throne"

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Methinks Japan ought to get with the program...

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James

Under Japan's Imperial House Law, only a man can become emperor, but historically this was not the case. There have in fact been eight female Japanese emperors to date The Emperor had hoped to change the law to allow their daughter to take the "crown" but the newly Crown Prince's Wife was determined that her son would become Emperor and not a female and has been calling out that her son should start his education on his duties. and the only way to do that is if he is directly inline for the "Throne"

It is probably better that way for Princess Aiko. Being stuck as empress in the imperial system would have been terribly restrictive for her, this way she can have a life that is a little bit more normal.

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To actually want to be part of this family is madness. You really want an agency to control every minute, everyday of your life? So you can wield .....nothing some trinkets so special even as emperor you can't see. A generation or two it just won't matter anyway I guess.

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"....officially the crown prince who is first in line to succeed the throne of the world's oldest monarchy."

With all the humility I can master, I still find it impossible to believe that this monarchy is the world's oldest.

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Under Japan's Imperial House Law, only a man can become emperor, but historically this was not the case. There have in fact been eight female Japanese emperors to date 

Partly true but also a bit misleading. Under the current law a woman can also become emperor provided that she is from the patrimonial line. Toshinomiya (Aiko), dauther of the current Emperor is thus techincally qualified for the throne. All historical female emperors had their fathers who were former emperors.

Meanwhile according to this succession rule, Toshinomiya's offsprings are disqualified even though they are male (Exception: If Toshinomiya's hasband is from the royal patrimonial line, the rule can be applied to their offsprings regardless of their sex).

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I’m tired of a prince to be emperor and all those traditional way that women can't bear all of the ceremonies and other diplomatic duties. All of because it was made for man. I really want to see an empress of Japan, I feel much a "man" to respect an Empress and devote my life to her than an emperor.

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what a waste of money.

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@noriahojanen

 Under the current law a woman can also become emperor...

From what I can find that is incorrect.

Under Chapter 1: Article 1 of the Imperial Household Law, "The Imperial Throne shall be succeeded to by a male offspring in the male line belonging to the Imperial Lineage".

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To actually want to be part of this family is madness. You really want an agency to control every minute, everyday of your life?

I can think of worse things than being born a wealthy celebrity.

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@Cogito Ergo Sum

 I still find it impossible to believe that this monarchy is the world's oldest.

Can you name an older one?

The Imperial House recognizes 126 monarchs beginning with the legendary Emperor Jimmu (traditionally dated to 11 February 660 BC) and continuing up to the current emperor.

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@James

From what I can find that is incorrect.

Under Chapter 1: Article 1 of the Imperial Household Law, "The Imperial Throne shall be succeeded to by a male offspring in the male line belonging to the Imperial Lineage".

You're right, I acknowledge my mistaken point. I now opt for an amendment allowing royal women to ascend to the throne. That would be reasonable considering the historical precedents. The current concern is that the royal family will be shrinking and more dysfunctional for its public duties as its female members exit and renounce their royal status (to get married to commoners). I'd suggest a woman be able to remain in the house as a royal member even after her marriage (or call for the establishment of 女性宮家)

The Imperial House recognizes 126 monarchs beginning with the legendary Emperor Jimmu (traditionally dated to 11 February 660 BC) and continuing up to the current emperor.

Aside from "the official" version, the ideas among experts as well as lay people vary largely depending on how you interpret the "unbroken" line of imperial succession.

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Feudal System hoax, is no way are these people god's, they are just like ordinary Japanese ,

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It would have been great if I could see an empress reigning in Japan. Guess it is not for my lifetime now.

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Disappointing to say the least when having an empress nowaday would have been quite a symbol for modernity in Japanese institutions. I guess it will not be for my lifetime.

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It's said that one needs one generation to completely brainwash a people.....of course with strong-arm suppression of any " truthers" and divergent view holders. Fairy tales and folklores can't pass for history. Read the succession of that " lineage" and also do comparative history with contemporaries...and you shall have the gift of light.

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Suga recently said his government will begin studying ways to secure a stable imperial succession after the crown prince's proclamation.

That word, 'stable', suggests a horse-breeding farm. So, why not give the men in the Imperial family a whole harem of nubile women, distantly related, of course. Might as well keep it in the family. Or Japan can join the rest of the world in the 21st century and let ALL people marry who they like.

I'm still on Aiko's side. Screw the rest of them.

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Even MacArthur could not abolish the imperial system.

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Unless a particular monarchy is corrupt like that of Thailand, no sensible government in the world would want to abolish its imperial system when this system can benefit the nation with tourism income, cultural continuity, social stability, and national pride.

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