Japan preparing legislation to allow female monarchs

[JURIST] The Japanese government is preparing a legislative proposal that would amend the country's succession law, the 1947 Imperial Household Law [text], to allow female monarchs. Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said Thursday that a 15-member team has been established to work on a bill to be submitted when parliament reconvenes in January. The proposal will mirror a recent report that endorsed changing the succession law [JURIST report] to allow an emperor's first-born child, irrespective of gender, the right to ascend to the throne. AP has more.



 

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