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Top LDP official endorses “female emperor”

  • August 26, 2016
  • , Asahi, Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, Sankei, Tokyo Shimbun
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Most papers took up yesterday’s press remarks by LDP Secretary General Nikai, who stressed that a woman should be allowed to assume the imperial throne. He said: “At a time when women are active in many fields, prohibiting a woman from assuming the imperial throne cannot be acceptable.” The dailies said this remark may cause controversy within the ruling party since many party legislators are committed to maintaining unbroken male lineage.  


In a related story, Nikkei took up Nikai’s appointments of key officials, explaining that in tapping LDP Diet members for posts in charge of controversial issues such as the TPP and constitutional reform, he selected lawmakers who appear to be “neutral.” The top LDP official tapped former Education Minister Ryu Shionoya as chairman of the Lower House special committee on the TPP based on the judgment that the opposition camp will not object to this appointment since Shionoya has only a tenuous connection to the agricultural lobby.

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