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LDP bigwig in favor of female members of Imperial Family acceding to the throne

Toshihiro Nikai (Mainichi)

Ruling Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai suggested on Aug. 25 that female members of the Imperial Family should be allowed to accede to the Imperial Throne.

    "It's unreasonable that women don't become empress in the age of respecting women," Nikai told a BS Asahi program on Aug. 25.

    In 2005, an advisory panel to then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi compiled a report recommending that female members of the Imperial Family be allowed to succeed the throne. However, conservatives voiced stiff opposition to the idea, and discussions on the issue faded away after Prince Hisahito was born to Crown Prince Naruhito's brother Prince Akishino and his wife Kiko in 2006.

    Nikai told reporters, "The argument against an empress is unacceptable while women are active in various fields."

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