Princess Aiko with her pet dog Yuri: if the 20 year old decides to marry, she’ll be forced to leave the royal family. Photo: AFP
Princess Aiko with her pet dog Yuri: if the 20 year old decides to marry, she’ll be forced to leave the royal family. Photo: AFP
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Is Japan’s Princess Aiko destined for the same fate as Princess Mako? The only child of the emperor coming of age highlights the big problem with the imperial family – it’s shrinking

  • Just turned 20, Princess Aiko is the only child of Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan, but as a woman, she will never ascend the Chrysanthemum throne
  • And if she marries a commoner like Princess Mako, the law will force her to renounce her title and role in the family entirely – so is it time things changed?

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Princess Aiko with her pet dog Yuri: if the 20 year old decides to marry, she’ll be forced to leave the royal family. Photo: AFP
Princess Aiko with her pet dog Yuri: if the 20 year old decides to marry, she’ll be forced to leave the royal family. Photo: AFP
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