FOCUS: Japan princess' boyfriend made issue in imperial succession debate

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A money row tied to the boyfriend of Japanese Princess Mako has apparently been influencing Japan's debate over whether to change its male-only imperial succession rules amid a shrinking number of heirs. A government advisory panel heard from a total of 21 experts from various fields in its meetings from April 8 through June 7 to discuss options including allowing women to reign and for emperors to descend from the maternal line. But as panel members did so, the controversy over the planned marriage between Princess Mako, 29, a niece of Emperor Naruhito, and Kei Komuro, also 29 and a recent la...

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