Wednesday, March 08, 2006

No woman on the throne just yet

After all the fuss and controversy and public debate, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has announced that he has scrapped plans to submit a bill to Parliament that would let women inherit the imperial throne.

The reason? Princess Kiko, who already has two daughters, recently announced that she's pregnant again. If her third child is a boy, he would be the next in line after his uncle, Crown Prince Naruhito.

—Mellow Monk

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