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Old 08-05-2016, 07:53 AM
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Next Monday the Emperor abdicated, this could damage the image of the monarchy?
do yiou mean Last Monday?
I don't see why it should damage the image of the monarchy.. it is becoming more common for elderly monarchs to abdicate and leve the job to younger people.
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Old 08-05-2016, 08:04 AM
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Exactly. I am in favour of the waiver, I think make sense today. I think the Emperor abdicate.
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Old 08-05-2016, 10:56 AM
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Quick question regarding Naruhito becoming Emperor, could he change the succession law so that his daughter was next in line when he becomes Emperor?
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Old 08-05-2016, 11:34 AM
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Quick question regarding Naruhito becoming Emperor, could he change the succession law so that his daughter was next in line when he becomes Emperor?
No, he cannot change the succession law. Only the Diet (i.e. the Japanese parliament) can do it.
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Old 08-05-2016, 11:37 AM
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Quick question regarding Naruhito becoming Emperor, could he change the succession law so that his daughter was next in line when he becomes Emperor?
No. The Japanese Constitution, drafted by the United States and the other Allied Powers after Japan's defeat in WWII, gives the Emperor zero comma zero political influence. Even the Address by Emperor Akihito is met with such caution and care, as the Japanese Government and the Imperial Household Agency are painfully maintaining the Emperor's total non-influence as a dogma.

This was the prize the monarchy had to pay after the total defeat in WWII. Being ceremonial puppets but remaining an imperial family with all privileges, or the downfall of the monarchy (like happened in China, think about the movie The Last Emperor) and a prosecution of Emperor Hirohito and other members of the imperial family for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

If there is any desire to make Princess Aiko an Empress, it has to come from the Prime Minister and the Diet (Parliament). The current Prime Minister is a conservative with an overwhelming majority in Parliament, most likely unwilling to change the status-quo since there are heirs enough: Prince Naruhito, his brother Prince Akishino, his nephew Prince Hisahito, etc.
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With the abdication and accession, surveys have been polling nationally representative samples of voters about their attitudes towards the monarchy.

The evidence of the surveys is that very few voters' views match those of ultranationalists who would restore political power to the monarchy or republicans who would abolish the imperial system.


Summary:

74% in the Mainichi Shimbun survey, 78% in the Yomiuri Shimbun survey, and 80.9% in the Kyodo News survey back the current system, in which the emperor is defined as the "symbol of the state", without having political powers.

4.8% in the Kyodo News survey, 7% in the Mainichi Shimbun survey, and 7% in the Yomiuri Shimbun survey want to abolish the monarchy.

4% in the Mainichi Shimbun survey, 4.3% in the Kyodo News survey, and 5% in the Yomiuri Shimbun survey want to give the emperor more power.

7.3% in the Kyodo News survey said the emperor should be considered a sacred figure. The question apparently wasn't included in the other surveys.


See the full results and more survey questions here.

Over 82% feel affection for new emperor, 79% support woman on throne
74% back emperor as symbol of state defined by current Constitution: Mainichi poll - The Mainichi
78% support symbolic emperor system - The Japan News



The results also show why the traditionalists and nationalists are not pressed to address concerns about the line of succession running out. With so few republicans, the monarchy will clearly continue even if the current imperial family dies out.
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Old 05-07-2019, 01:24 PM
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With the abdication and accession, surveys have been polling nationally representative samples of voters about their attitudes towards the monarchy.

The evidence of the surveys is that very few voters' views match those of ultranationalists who would restore political power to the monarchy or republicans who would abolish the imperial system.


Summary:

74% in the Mainichi Shimbun survey, 78% in the Yomiuri Shimbun survey, and 80.9% in the Kyodo News survey back the current system, in which the emperor is defined as the "symbol of the state", without having political powers.

4.8% in the Kyodo News survey, 7% in the Mainichi Shimbun survey, and 7% in the Yomiuri Shimbun survey want to abolish the monarchy.

4% in the Mainichi Shimbun survey, 4.3% in the Kyodo News survey, and 5% in the Yomiuri Shimbun survey want to give the emperor more power.

7.3% in the Kyodo News survey said the emperor should be considered a sacred figure. The question apparently wasn't included in the other surveys.


See the full results and more survey questions here.

Over 82% feel affection for new emperor, 79% support woman on throne
74% back emperor as symbol of state defined by current Constitution: Mainichi poll - The Mainichi
78% support symbolic emperor system - The Japan News



The results also show why the traditionalists and nationalists are not pressed to address concerns about the line of succession running out. With so few republicans, the monarchy will clearly continue even if the current imperial family dies out.
Nevertheless, a clear majority ( 79 %) support female succession. I can’t see any significant political gain from the government resisting it.
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Old 05-07-2019, 09:28 PM
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Nevertheless, a clear majority ( 79 %) support female succession. I can’t see any significant political gain from the government resisting it.
You are right on that. The stance of the current government is, I would say, largely the result of Prime Minister Abe's own keen embrace of nationalist ideas.

For other Liberal Democratic Party politicians who might not be personally opposed to female succession, it is more a matter of political loss than political gain. Their inaction will not lose them the votes of the pro-female succession majority, whereas if they commit to female succession, they will be punished by the pro-male-only succession minority.
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