Japan considers letting women take the throne

The Associated Press reported today that Japan is setting up a task force to consider allowing an empress, something that is now banned by a post-World War II law.
Unfortunately, it’s not really for a seeking-to-end-sexism kind of reason:
Japanese law bans women from ascending to the Chrysanthemum Throne. But no boy has been born to the Japanese royal family since the 1960s, and government officials have been fretting about how to solve the royals’ most serious succession crisis in centuries.
Oh well.

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