Japan to Discuss Allowing Women to Head Imperial Branches

Politics Society

Tokyo, Nov. 10 (Jiji Press)--Some in the Japanese government call for female members of the Imperial Family to be allowed to maintain their status as family members after marriage by heading family branches, according to informed sources.

They instead want to defer discussions on whether to allow women or their descendants to ascend the throne.

The government plans to start talks on the issues as early as soon after the "Daijosai" thanksgiving ritual performed by Emperor Naruhito on Nov. 14-15, the sources said.

Under a supplementary parliamentary resolution of the special law enacted in 2017 to allow then Emperor Akihito to abdicate, the Japanese government was requested to consider challenges for ensuring stable Imperial succession and make a report to parliament.

The government plans to hear opinions from experts after the end of a series of ceremonies for Emperor Naruhito's enthronement.

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