I suggest combining the primogeniture with the current succession rule allowing the royal women to be on the succession line provided that the female throne is not succeeded by her offspring (except that her husband is from the royal background). Thus Princess Aiko is entitled to the throne after the current Emperor.
The proposal seems not drastic yet most feasible. It can gain some support or compromise from the "male only" conservative camp. This arrangement would also relieve young Prince Hisahito of Akishino of excessive responsibility and pressures.
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The current Imperial House Law bans adoption into the royal family. Although it has not gained much public support, some experts call for adopting into the imperial family some male patrilineal descendants of former branches of the imperial family who abandoned their status in 1947.
The Japanese people have yet to be informed of who are to be adopted (most likely male) with what backgrounds. How could we possibly give trust and bestow the throne on him?
What is so called "millennia-old unbroken" patrilineal succession is a myth. There are several historical occasions where the linage had been disrupted and disputed. The bloodline is not at all significant part of the royal tradition.
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LGBT+ rights were largely swept under the carpet in a culture with strong family-centric attitudes, activists say.
That's prejudice or ignorance about Japanese culture.
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The central issue has more to do with the royal status for Princess Mako than their romantic relationship or marriage. Under the current law, the royal women once marrying to a commoner will have to leave the imperial house for good and renounce the royal position (though in exchange she will also be freed from public duties). Indirectly whatever decision also affects the future succession rule.
Personally I hope that Mako would be able to stay and work as a royal member after the marriage (or dare say, after the divorce, too). I assume such is also the will of Japanese majority.
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In the US, TWO MILLION being vaccinated a day. In Japan? barely over 1 million. Period. Less than 1% of the population, when other countries are from 25% to 40% or more.
Don't be so complacent, and don't forget that the US has outnumbered many other countries by death tolls and case numbers.
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A Kyodo news agency report, citing government officials, said Japan has begun looking into the possibility of ensuring its Olympic and Paralympic athletes are all vaccinated by the end of June.
Yesterday, Kyodo's primary report noted "a" government official, without cross-checking from other sources. Have JT and posters here been trolled (BTW, I haven't :) ) ?
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Kinmen, a Taiwan's territory located on the southeastern coast of China may be put under serious threat of abrupt invasion. But it is very difficult or nearly impossible for China's PLA to be able to land on the shores of Taiwan Proper. Taiwan's counter-attack is inevitable and prevailing. Not to mention in non-military domains a jingoist China would suffer most.
Should any armed conflict occur across the Strait, it is most likely that President Xi and his associates would have to bark loud "To the very last day!" while forced to flee the homeland seeking/begging refuge in Pyongyang, wiping tears. No bluff.
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It's not an equal partnership, as Russia is more like a junior brother in the position of being submissive to or resisting China's influences.
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The Olympics tradition has been tarnished with politics and commercialism. Time to reflect, go back to basics and original intent.
Beijing will definitely resist and try to intimidate anyone who merely implies a boycott possibility. The vast majority of people including top athletes and business partners remain very reluctant over the boycott for fear of big opportunity costs. Things would move forward with global boycott campaigning only if alternative Games outside China is suggested or seriously planned.
If contingency relocation and preparation takes time, why not pushing back a schedule by about half year and consider a host venue somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere? A half-year delay also gives Beijing a probation for reform.
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A smart solution is to find and arrange an alternative venue for the 2022 Winter Games. Japan can be one of hopeful candidates as Nagano and Sapporo have hosted Olympics as well as other major international sport events. No big timetable for preparations is necessary.
That would avoid crushing the hope of many qualified athletes and other attendees under the boycott threat. The "Olympics economy" would also be kept intact and run as scheduled.
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Posted in: The Japanese government has appointed a minister for loneliness to deal with issues brought about by the coronavirus, among things. The British government also appointed such a minister. Is loneliness something a government can deal with? See in context
Loneliness or solo life is and will definitely become a big social issue as the marriage rate and family numbers have been declining. Most crucially, many of Japan's state-led programs (subsidy to taxation) assume the nuclear family as vast majority and core unit. There single individuals are "out of categories" and tend to be undertreated if not discriminated.
What the state can do is only budget earmarking while leaving detail works to local and communal levels. The government can hardly take a nationwide and unitary approach as loneliness situations vary across the country.
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President Moon must be most disappointed. His desperate attempt to hold a summit meet with the North's Kim in Tokyo has been crushed.
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Above the article Kyodo is also revealing the couple ID ... is it necessary?
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The prime minister has already instructed the LDP to produce a blueprint for the agency as part of a special organization under him to be headed by Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai,
You now see what the real problem is all about.... #NikaiPleaseRetire.
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Congrats! Her comeback is very encouraging.
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The millennium "unbroken" paternal linage has been maintained by luck and accident rather than deliberate intent. It also came originally from the continent. There are other crucial elements constituting the imperial tradition. The role and function in relation to the state and populace have also evolved over time.
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Japan can hardly take the neutral position free of any geopolitical conflicts over Taiwan.
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Whales are not food, they are intelligent, feeling creatures.
It is impossible to kill a marine mammal humanely, and no whale, porpoise or dolphin deserves to be subjected to the cruelty and suffering of this kind of torture.
What is human or not, which shall be eaten, can be culturally bound and biased. Many other animals feel pain when killed. Some plants are proven intelligent (no joke) . We homo sapiens can never escape from karma and sacrifice. I think all we can do for now is stay modest and grateful. Artificial meats may be solution in future.
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I don't agree with whale hunting, but it is their country and their right to do so, just as it is for any other country to hunt and eat wild animals. No one has a right to judge.
With the hunting amount and areas largely limited, I find the current program more agreeable and suitable especially for striving locals whose whaling practice is becoming obsolete rather naturally. As Japan's whale meat market has also been shrinking, it will have to survive as a local diet and delicacy.
Previously it was called "scientific research" and extensive far beyond own territorial waters and EEZ. I thought it was not even the Japanese whaling tradition.
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I'm just curious as to how officials do intend to enforce this.
Like they did on Roppongi Hills. Stand around with signs and megaphones urging people not to do it.
Monitoring with CCTVs is enough.
Let's see how effectively this is going to be enforced and how effective is in preventing accidents, I would think the kind of people that rush on escalators to the point of having accidents are also the kind of people that would ignore this kind of rules.
Though the ordinance carries no specific penalty, the running guy could be charged and liable should any accident and damage occur as a result of the breach. Without extenuation. That's how it's expected to work, deter problems.
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It wouldn't affect me if such an ordinance is introduced to my neighborhoods. Especially walking alone I always take steps and staircases for quick exercises.
As Prof. Toki mentioned, the culture of escalator-climbing came about naturally at a time when the number of young business people rose sharply. Now, as we enter the age where the population is dominated by the elderly, what’s considered appropriate on escalators could also change naturally.
Here I see some paradox: aided mobility services make you faster aged. Aging starts with legs. In time of emergency, with all services shutdown you'd have to move yourself anyway. Use more steps for health and survival ... and of course you're free to run up & down even in Saitama :)
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The announcement was made yesterday on 1.4, and then I thought that it's a cheap April Fool :P
With his approval rate down to a record low and days numbered, President Moon is struggling for a peaceful and honorable exit. Otherwise the candle purge and jail would wait him.
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“We don't need a military alliance in the classic sense like NATO,” Lavrov said.
You're already classic, Lavrov. When to retire?
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Sakai said the 13 attendees had divided into four groups, with some eating in another room. They later held a 40-minute meeting, exchanging views on parliamentary affairs with all attendees wearing masks.
No major problem. You can't parallel this case to the health ministry guys' wild party at a local restaurant breaching the measures.
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The CCP must first be accountable for own mishandling and systematic cover-ups in Wuhan. The world will never let them get away with it. #ChinaLiesPeopleDie
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Sakura have deeply influenced Japanese culture for centuries and regularly been used in poetry and literature with their fragility seen as a symbol of life, death and rebirth.
With sakura trees crooned and planted across the country, the current celebration style and partying culture nationwide and overseas (!) are more recent phenomena.
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I'm sorry that free HK is ceasing to exist. The city has been degraded into just another China's province. It's a serious breach of the 1997 pact supposed to guarantee one country two systems.
the dystopia HK is unsafe for international visitors of free mind. They will be troubled with abrupt arrests (without warrant), thrown into re-education centres.
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It happens every year and has done for centuries. Some years are worth than others. I don’t think it’s as bad as the red cedar (sugi) pollen.
Hazy sky due to foreign elements is definitely more recent phenomenon, concurring alongside China's rapid industrialisation. Though one can hardly explain the whole process, the yellow sandstorm is likely man-made with humans, their negligence responsible for it (just like the initial cover-up of the pandemic).
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China's claim was taking form more recently in around the late 1970s prior to which the islands had been even inhabited by Japanese locals.
Another tricky point in the PRC version of story is that the islands belong to Taiwan which is part of China. So to dare make an order of claimant legitimacy, Japan, followed by Taiwan, and China in the bottom.
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