Japan panel wants women on throne (external - login to view)

Japan should change its succession laws to let women take the throne, a government panel has concluded.

The 10-member panel has been debating the issue since January in response to a crisis facing the Imperial Household.

Japan's 71-year-old ruling emperor, Akihito, has two sons and a daughter, but none of them have so far produced a male heir to ensure the succession.

A change to the Imperial Household Law requires approval by Japan's parliament

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I think they should change. Britain did so Japan should, after all it is 2005 isn't it?