Friday, February 10, 2006

In the News: Royal Succession

I've read CNN reports that Junichiro Koizumi has decided to scrap his plan to submit a bill to the parliament to let women inherit the imperial throne because Princess Kiko's pregnancy has raised hopes for a male heir.

I'm talking about the Japanese princess, not the whale from Free Willy.

First of all, who cares?

Second of all, who cares? Isn't Japan in an economic slump? Shouldn't Japan be more concerned with that? Doesn't North Korea have nukes? Does anybody else have a problem with this?

The press is making way too big a deal out of this. They put so much pressure on these princesses to have MALE babies, that Princess Masako, wife of Crown Prince Naruhito, has been battling with a mental disorder brought on by the stress of producing only a daughter. What a sin! She's been hiding from the public for two years as a result.

Current law doesn't allow for women to ascend to the throne, which is problematic because no male heirs have been born since 1965. There have been only daughters. If they don't change the law (or if a male heir isn't born soon), there won't be a legal successor to the throne.

If this is really such a contentious issue in Japan, then I would have to say that an EMPRESS is EXACTLY what this island nation needs.

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