Abe Govt Seen Starting Imperial Succession Talks at Last

Politics Society

Tokyo, Oct. 24 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's administration is seen launching talks on how to ensure stable Imperial succession at last after Emperor Naruhito proclaimed his enthronement in a key state ceremony Tuesday.

The administration will begin discussing the issue after the Emperor performs the "Daijosai" grand thanksgiving ceremony on Nov. 14-15.

The administration has avoided such discussions because conservatives remain firmly opposed to the idea of allowing an Imperial Family woman or anyone in the family's maternal lineage to ascend the throne.

But the administration is unlikely to reach a conclusion on the thorny point.

The idea has been considered because Japan's Imperial heirs decreased to three under the current rules allowing only male offspring in the family's paternal line to assume the throne.

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