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Princess Mako and the Future of the Imperial HouseholdNagai Takako

Word of Princess Mako’s impending engagement, followed by news of her successful trip to Bhutan, came like a breath of fresh air at a time when Emperor Akihito’s wish to abdicate has dominated media coverage of the imperial family. At the same time, the princess's transition embodies the quandary facing the shrinking imperial household, which loses a precious member each time a woman marries out of the family.
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The Future of Japan’s Dwindling Imperial FamilyTakahashi Kōichirō

The upcoming wedding of Princess Noriko, the second daughter of Prince Takamado, may be welcome news, but the imperial family still faces dire prospects related to its decreasing numbers. No solution is in sight for averting the impending crisis.
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