Aristocracy , Royal Blogger
- Aug 8, 2007
Well, I know that the Imperial Family is extremely controlled by the Imperial Household Agency, but there is any clue about the Emperor and his son's opinions on the succession crisis?
They have never publicly commented on the issue, and they would not. But, all things considered, it is to be supposed that they are deeply worried... Besides, it was upon the request of Shingo Haketa, at the time grand steward of the IHA, that then-prime minister Yoshihiko Noda proposed to seek opinions from experts on the matter and to submit a bill to revise the Imperial House Law to the Diet. Haketa visited Noda (DPJ) at his office on October 5, 2011, and told him it was a matter of urgency to enable female members of the imperial family to create family branches. I, for one, believe that the emperor himself was behind this request. Princess Mako, his eldest grandaughter, became of age on October, 23, 2011, and I suspect that the emperor wanted to make sure that the law would be changed before she left the imperial family by marriage, as did his only daughter in 2005.
Since then, members of the IHA have repeatedly expressed their concern because of the fact that the matter did not seem to come any closer to being resolved (see for example the Mainichi article quoted in post #816 of this thread). See also this article:
It is also to be supposed that the (former) government´s plans to „give top priority to the desires of each individual princess“ stem from the fact that imperial family members have been asked for their opinions in summer:The Imperial Household Agency has become increasingly anxious over the newly surfaced proposal [to allow princesses to continue using their imperial honorary status even after leaving the royal family], and its worries reportedly stem from the concerns of the Emperor himself over the future of the Imperial family. As the Emperor strictly complies with Article 4 of the Constitution, which stipulates that the Emperor will have no government-related powers, the government has refrained from asking him and other members of the Imperial family their opinions on whether princesses should be allowed to create their own branches. However, the Emperor has received reports on the interviews that were conducted with experts over the matter, as well as on the developments of discussions over the creation of new branches. Without asking directly, the Imperial Household Agency surmised the opinions of the Emperor and Imperial family members who would be directly affected by the change in the Imperial family system, and quietly reported its views to the government, a senior agency official said.
[...] A senior agency official expressed relief Friday over the government's report. "The decrease in the number of Imperial family members is unlikely to change in the near future. I hope the government will continue to discuss the issue even if the administration changes," he said. […]
[...] the government chose to give top priority to the princesses' wishes for reasons of compassion. Princesses born into the Imperial family are raised on the understanding that they will leave the Imperial family when they marry and may have their own future dreams or visions. The government wants to avoid imposing constraints on the princess by allowing them to determine their own lives. The government principle reflected the views of members of the Imperial family to some extent.