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The Japanese Diet will discuss the recently expressed desire of the Emperor of Japan to abdicate.  Current law does not allow for the monarch to abdicate, and while the conservative government is against the principle, they may pass a bill to allow it on a one time basis for this particular Emperor.

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Japan-panel-begins-to-study-Emperor-s-possible-9975306.php

The Japanese monarchy is in a rather precarious situation due to a lack of heirs.  Currently only males may inherit the Imperial throne and princesses become commoners upon marriage and leave the Imperial Family.  The post-war Japanese constitution also abolished the Japanese nobility, along with the old cadet lines of the Imperial family that once were available to provide heirs to the throne if the main line failed to do so.  Historically, Emperors had concubines in addition to their official Empresses who could also produce an heir to the throne.  The Emperor Meiji was the last Emperor to have concubines.  The late Emperor Hirohito's brother and sons were authorized to start cadet branches of the Imperial family, but these efforts failed as these lines have all resulted in a single 10 year old male heir collectively. Now there are only five men in the Imperial family in the line of succession after the Emperor,  his centenarian uncle Prince Mikasa (all of whose living descendents are women), his eighty year old brother Prince Hitachi (who is childless), and his two sons Princes Naruhito and Akishino, and single grandson Prince Hisahito.  Both the Emperor's daughters-in-law are in their 50s and extremely unlikely to bear more children.  Unless something is done, with the Crown Prince's daughter in her teens, and Prince Akishino's two daughters in their 20's, with their eventual marriages, little Prince Hisahito could  assend the throne as  the only member of the Imperial Family of Japan!!!  There is a very real danger that the Imperial Family could disappear under the current rules.

There are several possible solutions to this danger of extinction for the oldest reigning dynasty in the world, and it's rapidly contracting Imperial family.  One would be to allow the princesses to keep their titles and royal status after marriage, thus allowing them to share in the burdens of royal duties.  This could be further expanded by restoring the former princesses (the daughters of Emperors Hirohito and Akihito) to their former status.  This would expand the Imperial family to an acceptable number of members in my view.  The second step to strengthen the number of male heirs would be to restore the pre-war cadet branches of the Imperial family.  There are eleven cadet lines of the dynasty.  These are the Asaka, the Fushimi, the Higashifushimi, the Higashikuni, the Kan'in, the Kaya, the Kitashirakawa, the Kuni, the Nashimoto, the Takeda and the Yamashina lines that were stripped of their status in October of 1947.  All of this would be in keeping with the traditions of the Imperial House, and would appeal to conservatives.  Another solution that could be enacted alone, or in conjunction with the above would be to allow female succession.  This does not appeal to conservatives, but appears to have wide support in Japan.  I'm interested to hear what people here think.

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An illustration of the Imperial Family.  Prince Hisahito is the only male of his generation in the entire Imperial House of Japan.

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I would completely support preserving the royal titles and status of princesses who marry, and the restoration of titles and status for those who previously lost them. Also cadet lines again qualifying for the succession. There is ample precedent for Empresses regnant, so I would also support allowing that once more. However, there is no precedent for an Emperor or regnant Empress not of the male line of Jimmu. So far as Japanese tradition is concerned the idea is unthinkable, you might as well try to make a fish Emperor.

All previous reigning Empresses have been succeeded by another male or female of the line, who could only be their own child if they had themselves married a member of the House. While japan could certainly have a purely secular sovereign who did not qualify, he or she could perform none of the Emperor's religious functions; the offices would in fact have to be split. Which would be possible, it would in a way be a revival of the Shogunate. But let us hope that Prince Hisahito in due course fathers a whole clutch of sons and renders the question moot.
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Didn't one of Emperor Hirohito's daughters marry into a former noble family? None the less the solution, as I see it, would be to allow Imperial princesses to retain (or regain if they so wish) their titles (the loss of which was dictated by the Allied imposed constitution) and, if they marry a member of a former cadet line, allow that princess and her spouse to join the Imperial family and allow any sons they may have to accede to the throne.

It seems a little unfair to place the burden of the entire dynasty on the shoulders of one boy. He would have to marry a very fecund young lady and have a lot of male children to turn this around. That actually wouldn't be a bad idea. Perhaps an emperor who has a large family could be an encouragement, by example, of the Japanese to have more children.
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100 year old Prince Mikasa, uncle of the Emperor, died today.  That leaves just five male members of the royal family.  With Emperor Akihito and his brother in their eighties and in increasingly frail health, it is likely that this will be reduced to three in the not so distant future.  Japan needs to address this problem asap!
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The death of Prince Mikasa has elicited a rare public acknowledgment from the Imperial Household Agency that there is concern about the dwindling membership of the Imperial family.  Hopefully this will trigger some action on the topic in Parliament soon.

https://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/prince-mikasas-death-puts-spotlight-on-japans-shrinking-imperial-family

Prince Mikasa's funeral will take place on November 4th.  His widow will act as chief mourner, and it is expected the entire Imperial family will attend.  His cremated remains will be entered later that afternoon.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161028_02/

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Members of the Imperial family have been attending a vigil ceremony for the late Prince Mikasa in Tokyo.
People Mourn Death Of Prince Mikasa : News Photo
Their Imperial Majesties The Emperor and Empress of Japan arrive for the ceremonies for his late uncle Prince Mikasa

Royal Family Members Attend Vigil For Late Prince Mikasa : News Photo
Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako arrive for the vigil

People Mourn Death Of Prince Mikasa : News Photo
Their Imperial Highnesses Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko (second son and daughter-in-law of the Emperor of Japan) arrive for the vigil 

Royal Family Members Attend Vigil For Late Prince Mikasa : News Photo
His Imperial Highness Prince Hitachi (brother of the Emperor of Japan) arriving for the vigil ceremonies for his uncle the late Prince Mikasa

Prince Mikasa Dies : News PhotoHer Imperial Highness Princess Hanako of Hitachi (sister-in-law of the Emperor of Japan) arrives for the vigil ceremony.

Prince Mikasa Dies : News Photo
Her Imperial Highness Princes Nobuko of Mikasa (daughter-in-law of the late Prince Mikasa and wife of Prince Tomohito of Mikasa)

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Prince Mikasa of Japan has been laid to rest in Tokyo.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1352989/Japanese-royals-public-attend-funeral-Prince-Mikasa.html

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/11/04/national/main-funeral-ceremony-prince-mikasa-held-tokyo-cemetery/#.WCDH8fm7kwJ

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The government commissioned panel assembled to consider changes in the current system in order to allow for an Emperor's abdication has begun working.  It doesn't seem to be going smoothly.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/11/15/national/politics-diplomacy/panel-divided-second-meeting-mull-emperors-possible-abdication/#.WCswdPm7kwJ

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More analysis on the discussion in regard to allowing the Emperor of Japan to Abdicate, and the changes that formed the modern Japanese monarchy.

http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/japan-and-the-abdication-of-the-emperor/

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003349725

http://www.nippon.com/en/currents/d00254/?pnum=1

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In somewhat related news, constitutional revision and re-militarisation is still on the agenda in Japan:
http://dailycaller.com/2016/11/15/a-new-law-could-push-japan-into-a-fight-overseas/

Perhaps this helps them too:
http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/world-economy/donald-trump-wants-to-increase-americas-military-force-in-the-asiapacific/news-story/ba8626542175a680e1378a34bad04ee1
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http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/11/21/security-and-the-meaning-of-japans-constitution/

Constitutional reform on the agenda in Japan. With Trump and Brexit, Japan has tilted rightwards but unlike the UK and USA, this is very much an Establishment thing for which an understanding of Japanese history is required.

The hawks are in control of the LDP, and are also to be found in the DP. Only the SDP and JCP, representative of the Old Left in Japan, completely oppose constitutional revision.


http://www.japanpolicyforum.jp/archives/society/pt20161030233014.html

Among monarchies past and present, that of Japan may be truly unique in its mystique, for the role the Emperor and his Court have played in the country's political, social and cultural life that is not easily understood by non-Japanese. For centuries, the Emperor has stood above the political fray, even with the Meiji Restoration and a previous restoration of imperial power in the 14th Century did not mean rule by the Emperor, but rather by the court bureaucracy.

And that is also because the more things change, the more they stay the same. The makeup of Japanese elites has not radically changed over centuries. The samurai and court nobles are still at the core of political, social and economic power, even if not always directly.



An annual ritual in Japan. New Left anti-monarchist scum, fortunately extremely marginal in Japan, demonstrate under police protection while right-wing counter-protesters make their voices heard. The latter are usually uyoku dantai, "conservative action" or "netto-uyoku" groups. These groups are seen as "far Right" or Japan's own version of Alt-Right, and are widely seen by liberals and leftists as being little more than cheerleaders for the mainstream Right hawks.

The New Left in Japan has a long history of extremism and even involvement with international terrorism. They developed an ideology of hatred of their own country which is awfully familiar.

Japan does uphold freedom of expression and diversity of opinion. The reason lies in their wartime experiences. Unlike in the West, where the legacy of War is used by liberals to justify emasculating freedom of expression, in Japan and also in Denmark, freedom of expression is upheld. Do we learn from that?

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His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino on the occasion of his 51st birthday has expressed his support for his father's recent statement expressing a will to abdicate.  He has outlined his concern about the shrinking Imperial House.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/11/30/national/prince-akishino-turns-51-calls-emperors-abdication-message-good-chance-air-thoughts/#.WD79sfm7nP9

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http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/11/21/security-and-the-meaning-of-japans-constitution/

Japan and Britain are at a similar juncture and have numerous similarities. Both countries are reassessing their role in a changing world. Both countries are blackmailed by the international community over their history (and in the case of Britain, by minority groups - whereas in Japan there is a polite and deliberate restriction of their influence). Both countries have Royal Families who are revered by their most fervently patriotic people and the targets of those seen as national enemies.

Politically, there appears to be a striking similarity in their situations - namely that the Tories and the LDP are greatly helped by weak and pathetic opposition, for different reasons. In Japan, the major opposition DP is ideologically incoherent (its factions range form left-of-centre to right-wing) and the electorate was burned by three years of failed DPJ government in 2009-12. And not a few hawkish, right-wing DP members also support the LDP agenda anyway. In Britain, the discrediting of Labour is accelerated by the exposure to the public of its extremism, one which makes Japan's mainstream Left parties (the SDP and even the JCP!) look moderate in comparison.

There are also fundamental differences, but in both Britain and Japan the signs are that the gravity of political centre shifts to the Right. Theresa May leads a government that is quite different from David Cameron. Shinzo Abe is unchallenged both within and outside the LDP, his vision and worldview dominating the political discourse. Abe's consolidation of power is similar to what has happened in some Eastern European countries and even in Russia. Yet also the period of one-party dominance of a system also finds parallels in other democratic systems, which leaves no room for complacency.

Both Japan and Britain can revitalise their global role economically, politically, militarily and culturally. And both will deliver innumerable benefits to humanity.

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The Japanese government is drafting changes in the law to set up a permanent mechanism through which future monarchs may abdicate.  They had been discussing drafting a law to allow the present Emperor to step down from the throne on a one time basis, but have now decided to enshrine a permanent process for future monarchs.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/09/national/imperial-house-law-provision-floated-install-permanent-emperor-abdication-mechanism/#.WHO7bPm7nP9

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Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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