• Kyodo


The government is secretly preparing for a landmark legal change that would allow Princess Aiko, daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Princess Masako, to become the first reigning empress in more than two centuries, The Times reported Monday.

The London newspaper quoted a senior Imperial Palace source as saying that concern about the lack of a male heir has forced the Imperial court to begin studying the possibility that the Crown Prince may be succeeded by his 1-year-old daughter.

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