Just when you thought some outdated parts of Japanese law and culture will finally catch up with modern times, the idea has probably been nixed before it even went out the gate. The incoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been opposed to the idea of the proposed amendments and so it most likely will not come to fruition.
The proposed amendments to the status of female members of the Imperial family after they get married was released to the public last October. There were two options. In the first one, women will be allowed to head branches of the Imperial family while the other one says that women from the Imperial family will be allowed to perform official duties even after their marriage, but this time as national public servants.
The current law states that a woman is required to relinquish their royal status if she marries a commoner and cannot take part in imperial activities. The proposed amendments received positive responses from the Imperial Household Agency at first, but there were concerns that they would lead to maternal-line emperors, emperors that do not have an emperor on the father’s side, as well as paving the way for female emperors in the future.
The government said that they received 260,000 comments from the public regarding this matter. They did not, however state what percentage of those comments were positive and which ones opposed this apparent modernization of the Imperial line.
[ via Jiji Press ]