The percentage of people who support allowing a child of a female monarch to ascend the Imperial throne fell 7.8 percentage points from December to 64 percent, following news that Princess Kiko, the wife of Emperor Akihito’s second son, is pregnant.

A Kyodo News survey this weekend found that on the order of succession, 43.6 percent said males should be given priority over females, up 1.4 points, exceeding the 38.9 percent who said the emperor’s firstborn child should be given priority regardless of gender, down 4.4 points.

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