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Japan princess gives birth to boy
                        Japan's Princess Kiko has given birth to a boy, who becomes the third-in-line to the imperial throne.                                

                The 39-year-old princess gave birth by a Caesarean section after complications in the pregnancy.                

Princess Kiko, wife of the current emperor's second son, already has two daughters but neither of them are allowed to ascend to the throne.

                Her son becomes the first male heir to be born into Japan's royal family in more than four decades.                

               

The present heir, Crown Prince Naruhito, and his wife, Princess Masako, have a young daughter, while Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko have two daughters.

                Princess Sayako is married to a commoner, so if she were to have children they could not be considered.                

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                Princess Kiko's son was born weighing 2,558 grams (5lbs 10oz) at 0827 local time (2327 GMT Tuesday).                

                Reports say mother and child are both in good condition.                

                The pregnancy has attracted enormous interest in Japan.                

Princess Kiko has been in hospital since 16 August because of symptoms of partial placenta previa, a condition in which part of the placenta drops too low in the uterus.

                Doctors said when she went into hospital that the move was precautionary and the pregnancy was proceeding well.                

Conservatives had hoped Princess Kiko would give birth to a boy, thereby bringing an end to debate on whether the constitution should be revised to allow women to ascend to the throne.

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi had been advocating such a reform, and there appeared to be support for it amongst the Japanese public.

But the reform plans were shelved, amid strong opposition from conservative palace officials and some politicians, when the royal pregnancy was announced.

Japan's birth rate has continued to decline in recent years and the government has been working on ways of persuading women to have more children.

                Baby and maternity product companies are also hoping the birth will benefit them.                

Shares in baby-linked firms rose ahead of the birth, with one baby food company's shares hitting a high for the year on Monday, the Associated Press news agency reported.

               

       
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Oh God.

 

This may end the succession crisis,granted,but what is to become of the Crown Princes's family? Will he be forced to advocate & go into exile so his brother can ascend the throne after the Emperor's death?

 

Shame. Alot of people hoped that Aiko would become Empress.

 

 


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Will he be forced to advocate & go into exile so his brother can ascend the throne after the Emperor's death?

 

 

 



I assume you mean "abdicate."  No, of course not.  Why would he?   Assuming normal lifespans, in all probablity Naruhito will succeed his father, and then Akishino will have a very short reign before being succeeded by his son.

The birth of a boy is in the best interests of the Japanese monarchy and everyone concerned.  I would bet that Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako are relieved.  Now their daughter Aiko can have a relatively normal life, and the Crown Princess will no longer feel the pressure of not having produced a male heir.
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Well, alot of people wanted a girl so that Japan would have to reorganize their succession laws.

 

I have mixed feelings on Aiko. On one hand she is so cute and smart and would have made a good leader, on the other I am happy that she's going to have the chance to lead a normal live.

 

By the way, Sayako is no longer a Princess. All females must marry commoners because Mccarthur did away with the other branches of royal family.

When you leave the royal family, you get a birth certificate,driving lessons,and get to practice riding the subways in Tokyo. It's assumbed you'll live in an apartment and fade into obscurity.

 

It would be interesting if I'm riding the subway in Japan one day and think She looks familiar,and it turns out to be Aiko.


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The Emperor doesn't do anything anyway, it doesn't really matter as far as law goes. I am however happy for Akio as hopefully she'll be able to relax now and not go through these bouts of depression.
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You are thinking of Crown Princess Masako, she's the mother of Princess Aiko.

 

Did they name the boy yet?


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