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Japan may shelve imperial succession decision

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Just can't make a decision, well we will wait and see if a 14yo might have a male child? After all change is confusing.

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But as the nation remains split on the matter of succession, including whether to allow women or members in the maternal line to ascend the throne, 

The misogyny of the west in the 1950’s is alive and well here.

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Aiko would make a great Empress.

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LOL. They're going to punt this can down the road as far as possible, most likely too far as well.

By the time Hisahito becomes Emperor, he might be the only member of the Royal Family left! His sisters and cousin will have (most likely) married and given up their royal status by that point, and he'll be older.

But sure, wait until the Imperial House is down to 1 member (and a possible Empress at this point). Then make a decision. Because, well... because it makes no damn sense at all to wait that long.

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"A decision cannot be made until we see whether Prince Hisahito will have a male child," one of the sources said.

This is ridiculous. Why wait until their is a crisis - get it worked out now. Kako will make a fantastic Empress.

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The government and the parliament must respect the centuries old tradition of imperial succession. It’s not something that should be decided by majority vote.

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For heavens sake, this is the 21st Century, the Chrysanthemum Throne future could well depend on the Princess's succession.

Look, Imperial Highness education, in essence the next generation hold the key to the Chrysanthemum Throne continued existence.

Womenomics, I sometimes get the impression the establishment think we should be seen but not heard.

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Hereditary monarchal succession is incompatible with democracy. They should abdicate, and everyone in the IHA should be fired. Taxpayers should not be forece to pay to retain this vestige of feudalism..

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The way the Japanese monarchy works is more in line with those of the Middle East. Practically every western monarchy has reformed in terms of gender. I don't think Japan likes being compared to Muslim countries or Asian monarchies like Thailand.

A decision cannot be made until we see whether Prince Hisahito will have a male child

In other words, wait until the last minute before you're forced to make a decision. Same thing happened before before the Prince's wife miraculously had a son and I bet there was technological help there too.

You can bet your life those in charge are going to try their best to make sure Hisa has a son.

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There have been six empresses in the centuries of the imperial line. One was empress twice. This indicates she had some power.

Also, there have been a few emperors whose illegitimate son by a concubine have become emperor. Not to mention a few emperors who were the adopted sons of powerful daimyo who wielded power over the emperor.

In other words, not exactly a pristine line from Empress Himiko to Emperor Reiwa.

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Make me the new emperor!

Just need make enought people believe that I'm from a new Japanese dinasty of emperors. And I can proclaim myself emperor.

I promise I'll abuse the country until national bankruptcy.

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in other words, they'll decide later whether or not to decide to decide..... 「(°ヘ°)

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MeiyouwentiToday  08:54 am JST

The government and the parliament must respect the centuries old tradition of imperial succession.

The current practice of only allowing male heirs to the throne isn't more than a couple of centuries old.

It’s not something that should be decided by majority vote.

So how was it decided that there couldn't be reigning empresses, even though Japan has had them in the past, and who by?

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Just how hard is it to make a 10 second decision?

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Didn't they officially make his brother next-in-line, today?

Obviously, it should be their daughter. But, it seems that ship has sailed.

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