Japanese Princess Aiko, daughter of Emperor Naruhito, turns 20, ready to debut as a new adult member to take on official duties for the imperial family, whose population is covered only by male succession law. is decreasing.
TOKYO – Japanese Princess Aiko, daughter of Emperor Naruhito, turned 20 on Wednesday, set to debut as a new adult member to take on official duties for the royal family, whose population is governed only by male succession law. decreasing under. ,
Aiko is the only child of Naruhito and the Harvard-educated former diplomat Empress Masako. She is currently studying Japanese literature at Gakushin University, and says she is willing to help her parents by attending royal duties.
“I want to refine myself and move forward step by step so that I can grow into an adult who can serve others,” Acko said in a statement released Wednesday by the Imperial Household Agency.
Aiko, whether she likes it or not, does not deserve to ascend the chrysanthemum throne. Under Japanese law, if she marries her college sweetheart Kei Komuro last month, like her older cousin Mako, she too has to leave her family.
The Imperial House Law of 1947, which largely preserved pre-war family values, allowed only male-line succession and forced female royal members to marry commoners in order to lose their royal status .
A government-commissioned panel of experts is discussing ways to strictly keep the royal family’s succession law. Many of its members are conservative and have opposed female monarchs, and have suggested restoring now-defunct royal families to bring back their male descendants.
In modern history, when concubines were no longer allowed, royal membership continued to decline due to this rule, which is now reduced to 17. Naruhito has only two potential heirs – his younger brother Akishino and his teenage son, Hisahito – except his 85-year-old uncle, Prince Hitachi.
Hisahito Gray is the only youngest member of the royal family.
On Sunday, Aiko will visit the sanctuaries of the royal family to pray for her ancestors and gods, and will be formally recognized in a palace ceremony led by her father. She will also wear a formal dress and a tiara to greet her parents and grandparents.
As a child, Aiko was known to be a big fan of Japanese traditional sumo wrestling and remembered all the wrestlers’ names. Like her mother Masako, she is also known for her love of animals.