Tokyo (AP) — Princess Aiko, Princess Toshi, the daughter of Emperor Naruhito, is now 20 years old and is ready to make her debut as a new adult member of the royal family, whose population continues to decline with only men. Succession method.
Aiko is the only child of Naruhito and Empress Masako, a former diplomat at Harvard University. She is currently studying Japanese literature at Gakushuin University and wants to help her parents by participating in royal duties.
In a statement released by the Imperial Household Agency on Wednesday, he said, “I want to improve myself, move forward step by step, and grow into an adult who is useful to others.”
Aiko is not eligible to be promoted to the throne, whether she likes it or not. Under Japanese law, you must leave your family when you marry a commoner, just like your cousin Mako when you married your college lover Kei Komuro last month.
The 1947 Imperial Law, which preserves most of the values of prewar families, only allowed the inheritance of male ancestry and forced female royal members to marry commoners to lose their royal status. increase.
An expert committee commissioned by the government is discussing ways to maintain a stable royal succession law. Many of its members are conservative, opposed to the female emperor, and now proposes to revive the deceased royal family and bring back male descendants.
In modern history, when concubines were no longer allowed, the rules continued to reduce the number of members of the royal family, now down to 17. -Old uncle, Prince Hitachi.
Kuni is the only minor in the gray royal family.
On Sunday, Aiko visits the imperial sanctuary, prays to her ancestors and gods, and is officially honored at a palace ceremony led by her father. She also wears a formal dress and tiara to greet her parents and grandparents.
As a kid, Aiko was known as a big fan of traditional Japanese sumo wrestlers and remembered the names of all the wrestlers. Like his mother, Masako, he is also known for his love for animals.