Imperial Household Law

Should a Female Successor Be Allowed to Ascend the Japanese Imperial Throne?

The engagement of Princess Mako (眞子さま), the eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito (明仁さま), sparked not only a celebration of a joyous affair but also a debate on the status of women in the Royal Family. Japan’s Imperial Family follows the Imperial Household Law (皇室典範), which was in place since 1947 when the Emperor became a…