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Dwindling keizersfamilie is a big problem for Japan
With the arrival of the new emperor Naruhito (58), the number of active members of the Japanese imperial family with two. On april 30, retiring emperor royal highness akihito (85) and his wife empress Michiko (84) may finally retire and will be no public duties to perform.

That means that there are only sixteen members, of whom only three troongerechtigde men: the new crown prince Akishino (53), his son Hisahito (12), and his uncle prince Hitachi (83), a younger brother of the emperor royal highness akihito.

The number of female members of the imperial family will rapidly decline because among them there are marriageable princesses, which automatically turns off the keizershuis disappear when they are with a citizen to marry. Princess Mako (27), daughter of Akishino, is the first candidate. They should actually already this year, are married with Kei Komuro.

Immense pressures

The dwindling number of active members of the family is a source of concern. Succession to the throne can only be in the male line, and that means that in the future there is an immense pressure on Hisahito and his wife. If they do not, for a son is the keizershuis according to the current rules has reached the end.

That is the reason to think about alternatives, such as the back to 'life' waking in 1947 of the keizershuis disconnected branches of the imperial family, or the deletion of the from the same time originating a provision that the princesses out of the boat fall off when they are not within the keizershuis marry. A possibility that given the lack of princes does not exist. the


it can Also be thought to be a much more radical solution: allow women on the throne, which is in the 2,600 years long history of the keizershuis a few times happened but that, for the conservative constituency of prime minister shinzo Abe discussed.

Abe is always against any change or adaptation, but future governments will still have to come up with. The Japanese population is already much further, as appears from a poll earlier this year: 83 percent of the respondents had no objection to a woman on the throne.

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