Japan to Wait for Months to Start Imperial Succession Debate

Politics Society

Tokyo, Nov. 15 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is considering waiting at least until April next year before starting discussion on ways to ensure stable Imperial succession, informed sources said Friday.

Officials at the prime minister's office prefer to wait until after the "Rikkoshi-no-Rei" ceremony, set for April 19, to proclaim Crown Prince Akishino's rise to first in line to the throne, a government official said.

A special law enacted in 2017 allowing the abdication of then Emperor Akihito has a supplementary resolution calling on the government to start discussion on Imperial succession early after the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito on May 1.

The government had previously planned to start the discussion after the end of Emperor Naruhito's "Daijosai" grand thanksgiving ceremony from Thursday to Friday.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the government has no plans to start the Imperial succession discussion at least until after the final enthronement-related ceremony next month.

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