Crown Princess Aiko, the only child of Emperor Naruhito and his wife Masako, arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in April last year. Photo: AFPCrown Princess Aiko, the only child of Emperor Naruhito and his wife Masako, arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in April last year. Photo: AFP
Crown Princess Aiko, the only child of Emperor Naruhito and his wife Masako, arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in April last year. Photo: AFP

Let a woman become emperor to avoid future Japan succession crisis, defence minister says

  • A dwindling pool of heirs to the Chrysanthemum Throne is endangering the country’s monarchy, given its current reliance upon male primogeniture
  • Defence Minister Taro Kono says an empress could be the answer, but Japan’s social conservatives prefer a more roundabout approach

Topic |   Japan
Crown Princess Aiko, the only child of Emperor Naruhito and his wife Masako, arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in April last year. Photo: AFPCrown Princess Aiko, the only child of Emperor Naruhito and his wife Masako, arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in April last year. Photo: AFP
Crown Princess Aiko, the only child of Emperor Naruhito and his wife Masako, arrives at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in April last year. Photo: AFP
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