The traditionalists in Japan would maintain that it is impossible for Aiko to become Empress (or any woman) as the Emperor as a male
is seen to be a descendant (in fact a diety before the post WWII MacArthur revisions) of the original Sun Goddess ( ironic, yes?). Daily, he has to participate in Shinto religious rites in the Palace as the earthly link to the mystical past. As Shinto priests are all male, the person who sits on the Imperial throne has to be male or an Emperor.
I think changing Succession laws in Japan will be a lot more complex culturely than just an act of Parliment. It goes back to the religious beliefs and the mythical core of how traditional Japanese see themselves. It may just not be the right time. I think after the entire WWII generation passes, a more pragmatic viewpoint may emerge. Remember, those who lived through or fought in WWII were brought up to view the Emperor as Divine.
I support a constitutional monarchy which at least lets the children, male or female, of the Emperor suceed to the Throne, exactly as Elizabeth II became Queen of England after the death of her father, George VI. Ideally, the eldest child of the sovereign, regardless of gender, should inherit.
Originally Posted by Toledo
she could pick up courage and yes, throw some furniture...on the head of the Prime Minister himself since he leads that Imperial Household Agency.
The Prime Minister leads the meetings of the Imperial Household Council (
a Constitutionaly mandated group) . The secretive Imperial Household Agency(IHA)
is the bureaucratic organization which runs the Family's affairs.
The Imperial Household Council
is similar to the British Privy Council ( ig the PM serves on this Council).
The Imperial Household Agency
is similar to the Royal Household. (The Queen's powerful Private Secretary serves in this group).
The current Prime Minister is probably the best political ally that Masako and Aiko have ever had.