Gender equality starts at the top

Kawasaki, Kanagawa

Regarding the April 4 Kyodo article “Limits eyed for female Imperial branches“: The Japanese Imperial system should allow not only female branches but also a future female emperor. As the U.N. charter for human rights postulates the same rights for men and women, I think the Emperor, as the head of society, should give a nod to equal gender rights. How can gender equality improve in a country when it does not even appear to apply to the top figure?

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hans peter schneider