The Times reports that the Japanese government is looking into the possiblity that the Crown Prince’s daughter will someday reign. Aiko, who turned one on December 1st, is causing quite a controversy.
Japan hasn’t had a woman on the throne since 1770 and the Imperial Household Law specifies an Emperor, never an Empress. Personally, I think that’s just because MacArthur and his cronies were mysoginists who couldn’t even imagine that a woman might be in charge. Let’s face it, they had a big influence on the current constitution whether or not anyone actually admits that.
So I suppose Japan’s going to have to alter the law to replace “Emperor” with “Emperor or Empress” and “he” with “he or she.” It doesn’t really seem like it should be that big a deal, but government officials are worried that making any change will rile up the People and they will demand dissolution of the monarchy entirely.
Japan’s Imperial family seems pretty mild and is part of the charm of Japan for me. America needs a monarchy. I think I’d make a good monarch—sort of like the Red Queen.