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Old 03-15-2008, 02:52 PM
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who will become the Japanese emperor in a "King Ralph" situation?

who will become the Japanese emperor in a "King Ralph" situation?

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Old 03-15-2008, 09:58 PM
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The current line of succession is:

HIH Crown Prince Naruhito (Emperor Akihito's oldest son)
HIH Prince Akishino (Emperor Akihito's youngest son)
HIH Prince Hisahito (Prince Akishino's son)
HIH Prince Hitachi (Emperor Akihito's younger brother)
HIH Prince Mikasa (Emperor Showa's youngest brother)
HIH Prince Tomohito of Mikasa (Prince Mikasa's eldest son)
HIH Prince Katsura (Prince Mikasa's second son)

The only other options after this line are to either:

Establish Equal Primogeniture and allow women to be included in the line of succession (which would be helpful considering how many princesses there are)

or

Re-establish some of the junior branches of the Imperial Family that were demoted after World War II (Asaka, Fushimi, Higashi-Fushimi, Higashi-kuni, Kan'in, Kaya, Kitashirakawa, Kuni, Nashimoto, Takeda, and Yamashina).
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Old 04-20-2008, 03:42 AM
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The succession of the Japanese Throne

I doubt that the majority of the Japanese public will welcome this idea of re-establishing the old Miya-kés. It will be a natural progress to abolish the current "Ko****su Tempan" or the Imperial Household Law and place HIH Princess Aiko to the position of the heiress presumptive. HIH Prince Tomohito, the eldest son of HIH Prince Takahito, the Prince of Mikasa, suggests that the Imperial House of Japan may revive the ancient tradition of the imperail concubinage in order for the Toh-gu-san or the Crown Prince of Japan to produce a male heir. However, this idea seems as if his personal opinion to legitimatise his own fantasy.
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Old 11-30-2008, 08:07 PM
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Whats a "King Ralph" situation?

You've listed seven male heirs, doesn't seem too bad to me. Unless there is a big tragedy and all of them are killed off together, I'm sure one or other of them will be able to continue the line.

Permitting concubinage would be a good idea though, allow the Emperor and Crown Prince to beget more children within the direct Imperial family.

Now if the succession is really in a precarious situation, then they should permit Princess Aiko to inherit and have her marry one of her male cousins, either of the Mikasa line, or one of those who were demoted after WWII, to keep the Imperial crown within the same dynasty.
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Old 12-01-2008, 10:10 AM
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First of all, wait and see what Prince Hisahito will do...after that, if things will go at the worst, the Emperor will decide what to do.
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Old 12-01-2008, 01:17 PM
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"King Ralph" is a movie that came out within the last couple of decades. The Royal Family (of Britain, presumably) is all blown to smithereens while gathered for an extended family photo. I think that the cause of the explosion was a malfunctioning camera, but I'm not sure. In any case, the nearest family member is Ralph, who's a loud, crass American. He ends up being the King and finding out what honor and all those good things are about. It was definitely light entertainment.

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Old 12-02-2008, 03:32 AM
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Permitting concubinage would be a good idea though, allow the Emperor and Crown Prince to beget more children within the direct Imperial family.

Now if the succession is really in a precarious situation, then they should permit Princess Aiko to inherit and have her marry one of her male cousins, either of the Mikasa line, or one of those who were demoted after WWII, to keep the Imperial crown within the same dynasty.
Are you serious? Concubines in the 21st century? And making Aiko marry her cousin? That's seriously wack, the Royal Family isn't so necessary for Japan to have to resort to such things as cousin marriages and concubines.
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Old 12-02-2008, 03:41 AM
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Princess Aiko is absent for line of succession. Distressing for Japan because year 2008...
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Old 12-02-2008, 01:45 PM
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Well, concubines, as in, "lesser" wives (ie, not as important as the head wife, but still having some rights ofc) I see no problem with. If all parties are happy with the arrangement, why not?

The idea to marry Aiko to a cousin is because, in the past, female Emperors have generally ruled temporarily until there was an adult male who was descended from the Imperial house in the main line.

For any son of hersto be able to inherit, his father would have to be an Imperial prince.
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Old 12-02-2008, 01:58 PM
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Well, concubines, as in, "lesser" wives (ie, not as important as the head wife, but still having some rights ofc) I see no problem with. If all parties are happy with the arrangement, why not?

The idea to marry Aiko to a cousin is because, in the past, female Emperors have generally ruled temporarily until there was an adult male who was descended from the Imperial house in the main line.

For any son of hersto be able to inherit, his father would have to be an Imperial prince.
I really can't see Princess Masako being happy with the arrangement.
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Old 12-02-2008, 02:16 PM
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The idea of having a concubine as a necessary evil to secure the bloodline will not work in the case of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako because Crown Prince Naruhito will likely to reject this old traditional method. Personally I do not see Princess Aiko ascending the throne. It is up to Prince Hisahito to continue the bloodline now.
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Old 12-02-2008, 02:18 PM
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No. And considering that Japan is--from all outward appearances--a 21st-century nation, this would be extremely bad from a public-relations viewpoint.

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Old 12-02-2008, 05:34 PM
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"King Ralph" is a movie that came out within the last couple of decades. The Royal Family (of Britain, presumably) is all blown to smithereens while gathered for an extended family photo. I think that the cause of the explosion was a malfunctioning camera, but I'm not sure. In any case, the nearest family member is Ralph, who's a loud, crass American. He ends up being the King and finding out what honor and all those good things are about. It was definitely light entertainment.
Yes all members of the BRF named Wyndham were electrouced during first after six years break photosession. You know what happen when is wet and cables are on the ground... But Ralph he was short time king. He abdicated for his cousin the King's private secretary Sir Cedric Willingham who become a rightfull king.
It was with Peter O'Toole and John Goodman.



Concubines, arrangement marriages...That's Japan ... different culture... but you never know what the future bring.
Maybe the present Empereor will surprise us or maybe the next Emperor Naruhito do that. Who knows...
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:00 PM
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Naruhito has given a very clear impression that he intends to be a modern Emperor. I think it highly unlikely that he would reconsider going back to a time of concubines.
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:01 PM
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Maybe the present Empereor will surprise us or maybe the next Emperor Naruhito do that. Who knows...
What way will Emperor Akihito surprise us?
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:04 PM
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Who knows... I was thinking about succsession but it's only theory/dream.
At the moment they probably wouldn't change the succsession law because there is Hisahito.

Btw do you know that
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanes...on_controversy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperia..._of_succession
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:09 PM
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The succession crisis in Japan has been resolved at this point in time. Crown Prince Naruhito, Prince Akishino, and Prince Hisahito will continue the dynasty. At the same time, Prince Hisahito will be burdened by securing the bloodline by all means available. He may use an old tradition of having a concubine.
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:51 PM
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1. Crown Prince Naruhito (Emperor Akihito's oldest son) - one daughter
2. Prince Akishino (Emperor Akihito's youngest son) - one sone #3, two daughters
3. Prince Hisahito (Prince Akishino's son)
4. Prince Hitachi (Emperor Akihito's younger brother) - new branch of the family, no heir
5. Prince Mikasa (Emperor Showa's youngest brother) - 2 daughters, 3 sons
6. Prince Tomohito of Mikasa (Prince Mikasa's eldest son) - two daughters
7. Prince Katsura (Prince Mikasa's second son) - new branch of the family, unmarried
(8) late Prince Takamado (Prince Mikasa's thurd son) - new branch of the family, three daughters

After the removal of eleven families from the imperial house in October 1947, the official membership of the imperial family has effectively been limited to the male line descendants of the Emperor Taisho, excluding females who married outside the imperial family and their descendants. Other families become commoners.
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Old 12-02-2008, 07:37 PM
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i think that is by prince naruhito very sad to see that his daughter cant be one day to be in the throne, in fact, i belive that he should abdicate to his rights first, because he loves his wife and child, second, i belive that he should be to obligate to have a son. The prince, maybe, believes that his little aiko can more happy in other part, because i understand that this court is very hard. For me, aiko should be happy and when she can, she makes a marriage for love.
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On what grounds should Crown Prince Naruhito abdicate in favour of his brother, Prince Akishino? Not having a son does not make Crown Prince Naruhito a less worthy Emperor. The succession line is dependent on the birth order. Crown Prince Naruhito was born first. So he should become the next Emperor, whereas Prince Akishino and Prince Hisahito can succeed him.
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