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Emperor Akihito: Japanese monarch declares historic abdication

Discussion in 'Speaker's Corner' started by Evangelion, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. Evangelion


    Joined: Dec 29, 2007

    Posts: 23,084

    Location: Adelaide, South Australia

    It's finally happened.


    We are the first generation to witness a Japanese abdication since 1817. The Reiwa Era has begun.
  2. StriderX


    Joined: Mar 18, 2008

    Posts: 21,871

    First generation to see the Japanese royalty fail more like, I think his successor is the last going by their lack of options.
  3. TheMightyTen


    Joined: Feb 4, 2003

    Posts: 5,981

    Location: Birmingham

    Why? They are well liked and they have a full lineage for 2 more Emperors after Crown Prince Naruhito in the forms of Princes Fumihito and Hisahito. Seems they'll be around for some time to me.
  4. StriderX


    Joined: Mar 18, 2008

    Posts: 21,871

    Nothing to do with their demeanour, the line is very thin in comparison to other royal families and leaving the family to marry a commoner means giving up the title forever.
  5. Semple


    Joined: Mar 5, 2010

    Posts: 5,669

    They could just modernise their law to allow females to take the throne.

    I believe we changed ours quite recently to allow Charlotte to be in line to the throne after george rather than jumping elsewhere?
  6. dowie


    Joined: Jan 29, 2008

    Posts: 43,129

    Wow, finally! You know I was waiting in anticipation for this moment! ;)

    I dunno, they could just change the rules to suit the situation or "modernise" as the poster above has pointed out.

    I mean we've previously had rules about female succession and marrying a Catholic that have been changed relatively recently.
  7. MichaelAwkward


    Joined: Jul 22, 2014

    Posts: 3,178

    Location: Oxon

    Bit late - they've been planning this for years and it wasn't a surprise to anyone, hence the celebrations in Japan and national holiday... :confused: strange thread/wording.