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Ethiomonarchist

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After World War II, the Emperor gave up this claim to divinity, but I imagine that there are still followers of the old religious beliefs in Japan who might feel that female succession would violate Shinto beliefs. I suppose, though, that such objections might be overcome by some sort of ruling from the Shinto religious hierarchy re-interpreting the old traditions. 


Indeed, but there have been female Emperors (Empresses) before, although the succession stayed in the male line.  Today, support for a female sovereign in Japan is considerable.

https://japantoday.com/category/national/poll-finds-over-80-in-japan-back-female-emperor

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I think that first they need to change the law to allow female imperial house members to remain members of the house when they marry commoners.

Because at the present time it's impossible for them to marry anyone else. And I doubt the Japanese would be accepting of a Prince Husband from a Christian European dynasty no matter how princely they may be 😋
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Japan has announced that it will further changes to the Imperial Succession in April after the Crown Prince
Fumohito officially announces his status as first in line to the Imperial Throne currently held by his brother Emperor Naruhito.  Current proposals are to restore those male members of cadet lines of the Imperial dynasty to the Imperial succession if they agree to it. 



https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/02/454ab9292e42-japan-eyes-succession-talks-after-crown-princes-april-announcement.html

https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Gov%27t-eyes-succession-talks-after-crown-prince%27s-April-announcement

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I'm delighted that the Japanese government is considering the restoration of the cadet lines of the Imperial House as a solution to the looming succession crisis. I don't object to reigning empresses, but my understanding based on what I've read and heard from Japanese acquaintances is that the male-line succession and descent from the legendary first emperor Jimmu is an integral part of the monarchy's religious authority, so succession should remain restricted to male-line members of the family. 
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Originally Posted by Ethiomonarchist
Japan has announced that it will further changes to the Imperial Succession in April after the Crown Prince
Fumohito officially announces his status as first in line to the Imperial Throne currently held by his brother Emperor Naruhito.  Current proposals are to restore those male members of cadet lines of the Imperial dynasty to the Imperial succession if they agree to it. 



https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/02/454ab9292e42-japan-eyes-succession-talks-after-crown-princes-april-announcement.html

https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Gov%27t-eyes-succession-talks-after-crown-prince%27s-April-announcement

Why will it be officially announced that Fumihito is the heir to the Japanese throne? He is the heir presumptive to the Japanese throne, not the heir apparent to the Japanese throne. 
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He is still first in line, therefore heir to the throne, therefore there will be a ceremony confirming the fact, which is how the Japanese like to do things. And that is their privilege. He could theoretically be displaced, but in practice it's not likely to happen.
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Recent polls seem to indicate that large numbers of Japanese may favor not just the succession of women to the Imperial throne, but the succession of the heirs of female sovereigns after them.

https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-data/h00721/

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