Poll: Majority of Japanese support female succession

May 16, 2019

According to The Sydney Morning Herald:

Emperor Naruhito ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1…

Neither his wife Empress Masako nor their only child Princess Aiko, 17, is allowed to succeed to the throne under current law.

The Nikkei survey found 76 per cent of those polled support allowing women to ascend to the throne, while only 14 per cent opposed it.

According to the Imperial House Law, “the Imperial Throne shall be succeeded to by a male offspring in the male line belonging to the Imperial Lineage”.

Next in line is new Crown Prince Akishino, Naruhito’s younger brother, followed by 12-year-old Prince Hisahito…

To read the entire article in The Sydney Morning Herald, please click here.

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