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Akihito and the problem of succession

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On 6 September 2006 a baby boy, Prince Hisahito, the first son of Prince Akishino, younger brother of Crown Prince Naruhito, was born into the Japanese imperial family. By that time, the thirty-four years old Prince Hisahito will probably be married, after experiencing the same sort of trials and tribulations in trying to find a wife that his uncle Crown Prince Naruhito and his grandfather Emperor Akihito experienced. The eleven collateral families were descended from the Fushimi house, founded in the mid-fourteenth century by Prince Yoshihito, the first son of Emperor Sukō (r. 1348?1351), the third emperor of the Northern Court, during the period of the Southern and Northern Courts. The people who drafted the Imperial Household Law of 1947 had no intention of changing the principle of a male monarchy.

Keywords: Akihito; Crown Prince Naruhito; Emperor Sukō; Fushimi house; Hisahito; Imperial Household Law; Japanese imperial family; male monarchy



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