Prince Akishino, centre, is next in line for Japan’s royal crown, with Prince Hisahito, second left, the ultimate heir. Photo: AFP Prince Akishino, centre, is next in line for Japan’s royal crown, with Prince Hisahito, second left, the ultimate heir. Photo: AFP
Prince Akishino, centre, is next in line for Japan’s royal crown, with Prince Hisahito, second left, the ultimate heir. Photo: AFP
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Japan’s royal conundrum: put an empress on the throne or risk Imperial Family’s extinction?

  • Although the Japanese public is in favour of allowing a woman to become the head of the Imperial Family, the governing LDP is firmly opposed
  • A government panel is looking into the issue of royal succession, but few expect a solution, with the risk being that the Imperial Family runs out of heirs

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Prince Akishino, centre, is next in line for Japan’s royal crown, with Prince Hisahito, second left, the ultimate heir. Photo: AFP Prince Akishino, centre, is next in line for Japan’s royal crown, with Prince Hisahito, second left, the ultimate heir. Photo: AFP
Prince Akishino, centre, is next in line for Japan’s royal crown, with Prince Hisahito, second left, the ultimate heir. Photo: AFP
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