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Old 03-20-2017, 08:00 AM
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Abdication panel to compile final proposal a month later than planned | The Japan Times


The plans have already been delayed by a month, and further delays may be problematic.

Questions mount over abdication / Residence, budget, title among issues as panel reconvenes - The Japan News

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Where the Emperor would reside and the size and budget of the organization that would assist him must also be decided. Whether to conduct the “Taiso-no-Rei” imperial funeral ceremony should the Emperor pass away after abdication, and whether to enable the former Emperor to assume the post of regent, are further matters that need to be discussed.

There are concerns the Emperor’s activities after abdication would in some way “duplicate” the incumbent’s role as a national symbol.


In November, an official of the Imperial Household Agency said at a meeting of the expert panel that after abdication, the Emperor’s public duties “would basically all be handled by the new emperor.”


The accession of the crown prince brings up the question of compensation for Prince Akishino, who would become first in the line of imperial succession. Although Akishino will not be the new emperor’s “crown prince,” his public duties would likely increase, so some are saying that his compensation may need to be improved. The government is considering increasing his compensation to the level of a crown prince.

I do not know why the article claims that Fumihito would "not be the new emperor's crown prince." As it was said, he would be the first in the line of succession and his duties would increase.
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Old 03-20-2017, 10:43 AM
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Abdication panel to compile final proposal a month later than planned | The Japan Times


The plans have already been delayed by a month, and further delays may be problematic.

Questions mount over abdication / Residence, budget, title among issues as panel reconvenes - The Japan News




I do not know why the article claims that Fumihito would "not be the new emperor's crown prince." As it was said, he would be the first in the line of succession and his duties would increase.
A Crown prince is heir apparent. Prince Akishino will be heir presumptive.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:04 AM
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Just as the Imperial House law didn't account for abdication, it states "Crown Prince" is for an Imperial heir who is the son the Emperor. Not brother of Emperor, next-in-line, etc.
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The son of the Emperor who is the Imperial Heir is called "Kotaishi" (Crown Prince). In case there is no Kotaishi (Crown Prince), the grandson of the Emperor who is Imperial Heir is called "Kotaison" (Imperial House Law, Article 8).
The Imperial family - The Imperial Household Agency

Updating who's eligible for the Crown Prince title probably requires another bill. It's easier to increase Prince Akishino's budget for additional staff and security.
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Old 03-21-2017, 03:12 PM
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True, but the article was surprising as the papers have hitherto anticipated that Fumihito would be conferred a crown princely title (Kotaitei) by the special legislation.


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Questions mount over abdication / Residence, budget, title among issues as panel reconvenes - The Japan News

In November, an official of the Imperial Household Agency said at a meeting of the expert panel that after abdication, the Emperor’s public duties “would basically all be handled by the new emperor.”
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The Imperial Household Agency told the panel meeting on Jan. 11 that as a rule the new emperor will take over all public duties performed by the emperor, adding that, however, what the former emperor will do as public services will depend on his intention and not to be forced by a third party.
Many legal revisions needed before Emperor's possible abdication - The Mainichi
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Old 03-21-2017, 06:48 PM
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If the Emperor is to abdicate, I wish his last act is to remove male primogeniture and allow the Crown Prince's daughter become the heir.
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If the Emperor is to abdicate, I wish his last act is to remove male primogeniture and allow the Crown Prince's daughter become the heir.

Succession is governed by the Imperial Household Law 1947, and the Constitution of 1947 expressly excludes the Emperor from exercising any powers related to government. That is why in his address to the nation the Emperor did not use the word abdication. Great care has been taken to avoid the appearance of the Emperor telling the government to do something, as that would be unconstitutional. As for the succession, there is absolutely nothing the Emperor can do about it.
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Gov't mulls using 'joko' as emperor's post-abdication title - The Mainichi
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Four university professors were summoned to the panel's 10th meeting to give their views on the issue including what status the 83-year-old emperor should be given after his retirement and three of them proposed he assume the historical title of "joko" or its official form of "daijo tenno" (retired sovereign) in line with past imperial practice.

The government is inclined to adopt joko over daijo tenno out of concerns the latter also means "the noblest" and could place the retired emperor above the new one, the sources said.

The panel resumed its discussion Wednesday, two months following its last meeting in January, to consider remaining issues regarding the emperor's abdication such as his status after becoming the first living emperor to relinquish the throne in around 200 years as well as the status of Prince Akishino, second son of the emperor, after Crown Prince Naruhito becomes the new emperor.

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The three professors also proposed Emperor Akihito's future tomb be equivalent in status to those of past emperors.

The fourth expert was a doctor specializing in geriatric diseases, who gave his views on the emperor's workload from a medical point of view.

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During Wednesday's panel meeting, the three experts who proposed "joko" as the emperor's post abdication title were Keiko Hongo, a professor of Japanese medieval history at the Historiographical Institute of the University of Tokyo, Naotaka Kimizuka, a professor of British political and diplomatic history at Kanto Gakuin University, and Hitoshi Nitta, a professor of Shinto religion at Kogakkan University.

Masahiro Akishita, a doctor and professor at the University of Tokyo's graduate school, said an excessive workload could be a source of stress and cause ill health for a person of the emperor's age but that losing his workload or social role entirely could also prompt rapid aging.

[…]
Japanese Mainichi included opinions on the Crown Prince title: (I cleaned up google's translation a bit)
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The Imperial House Law defines "Emperor's [son] is the Crown Prince" and Mr. Akishino is not the Crown Prince because he is the younger brother of the Emperor. The Empress and the Crown Princess are regarded as court royalty who live together with the Emperor, but in the current system the Akishinomiya family is regarded as the other royal family. The increase in public service will be expected, but the cost of living and the number of staff to be assisted will remain lower than the current crown prince.

Mr. Hongo focused on the title of the imperial family as "the crown god". "If my grandchild is a successor, I have a crown grandchild, so I suggest you write down the relationship with the Emperor," suggesting that the title of "Crown Prince" be newly established. On the other hand, Mr. Kimitsuka pointed out that the king's younger brother in the Middle East uses the title of "the crown prince", "The clear title is clear when it is a successor to the throne" in terms of the tightness with foreign countries I insisted. Mr. Nitta argued that interpretation should be changed so that the royal family who ranked first in the ranking of the throne is "the crown prince." Although the precedent of "the crown prince" also has history, it is said that it is necessary to amend the Imperial House Law.
Hmm...Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko's post-abdication workload shouldn't be too hard to figure out. Without the state and Shinto duties or frequent travels, I assume the retired Imperial couple would pursue their own interests (i.e. - academic studies for Akihito) and occasionally appear at concerts, museums, and such. Similar to the Hitachi couple's activities/public service.
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Jōkō seems the most appropriate title for the Emperor after his abdication. Historically though, it was on becoming the Jōkō that an emperor, free from ritual responsibilities, could actually take an active role in ruling Japan. Jōkō - 上皇, or its full form Daijō Tennō - 太上天皇, is translated as Retired Emperor, but interestingly the literal translation of the Chinese characters/Japanese kanji is something like Grand Exalted Heavenly Sovereign. I wonder what title the Empress is likely to get? Kōtaigō - 皇太后 is translated as Empress Dowager, but, again, a more literal translation is Grand Empress, so maybe it will be considered a suitable title for the consort of the Jōkō.
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