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A female emperor would suit the times

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We asked Kobe College Associate Professor Hideya Kawanishi about issues related to the abdication of the Emperor. The following are excerpts from the interview.


The Yomiuri Shimbun: The Emperor is set to abdicate on April 30, 2019. What issues remain?

Kawanishi: In his message, the Emperor expressed his desire to abdicate, and called on the people to reflect on how to ensure a stable Imperial succession. If we intend to answer this call, implementing abdication alone will leave things half done. Amid a dwindling and aging Imperial family, the problem of Imperial........

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