Japan’s Princess Aiko with her pet dog in the garden of the Imperial Residence in Tokyo ahead of her 20th birthday. Photo: The Imperial Household Agency of Japan via AP
Japan’s Princess Aiko with her pet dog in the garden of the Imperial Residence in Tokyo ahead of her 20th birthday. Photo: The Imperial Household Agency of Japan via AP
Japan

As Japan’s Princess Aiko turns 20, what her ‘boring’ coming-of-age reveals about an imperial family in crisis

  • Observers agree a statement released on Aiko’s behalf to mark her 20th birthday was kept as vanilla as possible to deny the Japanese tabloids more fodder
  • It comes as Japan grapples with a looming imperial succession crisis that some say could be solved by allowing women to sit on the Chrysanthemum Throne

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Japan’s Princess Aiko with her pet dog in the garden of the Imperial Residence in Tokyo ahead of her 20th birthday. Photo: The Imperial Household Agency of Japan via AP
Japan’s Princess Aiko with her pet dog in the garden of the Imperial Residence in Tokyo ahead of her 20th birthday. Photo: The Imperial Household Agency of Japan via AP
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