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Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi indicated Friday the government will not submit a bill to allow for female monarchs until it sees the results of discussions on the issue within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

With the announcement earlier the week of the pregnancy of Princess Kiko, the wife of Prince Akishino, Emperor Akihito’s second son, the majority of senior LDP officials are now hesitant about submitting a female succession bill right away, making it virtually impossible for the issue to move forward without the prime minister’s strong resolve.

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