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Old 06-22-2014, 03:29 PM
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The best solution is to revive the Kazoku (Japanese peerage), allow female members to maintain their royal titles and allow females to ascend the throne as regents.

At this rate, even if female heirs are allowed to ascend the throne, the Imperial family remains vulnerable.
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Old 12-24-2017, 03:00 PM
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Crown Princess Masako can highlight the needs of people with disabilities | The Japan Times
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Around 3.2 million Japanese struggle with mental illness. Day in and day out, they are outcasts in a society that is still unaware of an anti-discrimination law for disabled people that was passed last year. Worse, many Japanese continue to believe in an antiquated, scientifically disproven opinion that mental illness is a character flaw and not a true medical diagnosis.

[...] Like students and employees who, unable to conform to the rigid status quo, are harassed for their illness, the Crown Princess has been criticized for “slacking off” during the decade in which she could not fulfill her royal duties due to her depression.

With the aid of her psychiatric team and time to heal, however, she has since returned to the public eye.

If the Crown Princess spoke publicly about the progress in her recovery, society would respond. In his book on Japanese pop culture, Tim Craig, a writer and editor based in Japan, notes that the Imperial family has come to embody a “celebrity symbol of the ‘ordinary’ Japanese family,” an identity that carries “a considerable potential for positive social change.”

Japanese journalists, who have direct access to the public, have a responsibility to change the way they cover her depression. She has the tools to empower the mentally ill in Japan to feel less shame about their condition and be open to receiving psychiatric care; she just needs journalists to help her rebuild that image of mental illness in society.
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