A United Nations committee agreed to remove criticism of Japan's male-only Imperial succession from a report this week after Tokyo complained, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday.

In the final report, released Monday, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women highlighted problems faced by women in Japan.

An earlier draft, shown to Japanese officials over the weekend, contained criticism of the 1947 Imperial House Law, which allows only a male to succeed the Chrysanthemum throne, Suga said, when questioned about media reports on the matter.