76 Pct Tolerate Review to Male-Only Imperial Succesion Sytem

Politics Society

Tokyo, Nov. 15 (Jiji Press)--A Jiji Press poll showed Friday that 76.1 pct of the public tolerate a review to Japan's current Imperial succession system allowing only male descendants in the family's paternal line to ascend the throne.

The number far exceeded 18.5 pct who said the current system should be maintained, according to the survey, conducted for four days through Monday across Japan, excluding areas affected by Typhoon Hagibis in mid-October.

The government plans to start discussions on how to ensure stable Imperial succession, as the membership of the Imperial Family is dwindling.

The focus is whether to allow Imperial Family women to assume the throne and people in the family's maternal line to become an emperor.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is cautious about any such change, giving consideration to the popular position of conservatives, a support base for Abe.

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