Birth Of Boy Solves Japanese Imperial...

Birth Of Boy Solves Japanese Imperial Heir Issue

There are 3 comments on the story from Sep 6, 2006, titled Birth Of Boy Solves Japanese Imperial Heir Issue. In it, reports that:

With shouts of "Banzai," Japanese celebrated the birth Wednesday of the imperial family's first male heir since the 1960s, a development that squelched hopes of reform to allow women on the throne.

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Columbia, MD

#1 Sep 7, 2006
I don't much care about the life of the royal families. They live in gilded cages.

Coventry, UK

#2 Sep 7, 2006
Sure, Kearney, but as a constitutional device royalty has its advantages.

In the US the president is the Head of State and the head of the government. So, the argument runs, the natural respect that people tend to have towards their Head of State can be abused by politicians pursuing their own or their party's agenda. Politicians get arrogant enough, don't they, when you ask them to look after business for you, without letting them prance around like they own the place?

In a constitutional monarchy the Emperor, King, Queen etc. has the fancy dress, palaces etc but no day to day power. Gilded cages as you say. But at least they serve to remind politicians that they are just the hired help: here today, gone tomorrow.
vaishali tyagi

Mumbai, India

#3 Sep 9, 2006
I think women deserve half the sky everywhere, even the japanese monarchy.Give her a chance,let the princess get what is rightfully her own.It's time the japanese culture became egalitarian in mind and spirit.

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