Grand Steward of Imperial Household Agency Says Need to Settle Rule of Succession “Becoming Urgent”

Grand Steward of Imperial Household Agency Says Need to Settle Rule of Succession “Becoming Urgent”
Yomiuri Shimbun: 皇位継承見直し「緊急性高まる」…宮内庁長官
October 27, 2011

The Grand Steward of the Imperial Household Agency, Shingo Haketa, said the following about the current succession system, under which women in the royal family must leave the imperial household if they marry, during a regular press conference on the 27th: “The princesses are approaching marriageable age. The succession laws regarding their ability to participate in the official activities of the royal family [after marriage] should be settled.”

As for taking another look at the Imperial Household Law, which holds that only male descendants of male heirs can be considered for the throne, he said “matters of state must be debated in the Diet, but the urgency of the issue is increasing. This isn’t something we can take our time on.” He has communicated the same message to the Noda Cabinet.

He also answered questions about imperial succession. Prince Akishino’s eldest daughter Mako turned 20 [the age of majority] on the 23rd, increasing the number of unmarried royal adults with official responsibilities to six, but if she married, she would become a commoner. In addition, if the current Imperial Household Law holds force, allowing only male descendants of male heirs to inherit could become problematic [the emperor has 8 granddaughters and 1 grandson].




(2011年10月27日19時02分 読売新聞)

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