Japanese succession debate to begin

January 20, 2022

According to The Asahi Shimbun:

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has handed off the hot potato issue of imperial succession to the Diet.

Debate in the Diet is not expected to proceed smoothly as the ruling and opposition parties have differing views on the issue.

The panel submitted its report…which made two proposals: one is to allow female members to retain their royal status even after marriage; the other would allow males of the paternal line of the imperial family who are members of former branches of the family to regain imperial status through adoption by the imperial family.

To read the entire article in The Asahi Shimbun, please click here.

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