Emperor Naruhito performs his acts in Matters of State (Imperial Palace)
We ve explained the Japanese succession issue so far.
This time, we ll pose 2 questions, and answer them.
Q1. What will happen to the imperial family in the future if Imperial House Law isn’t revised to allow a female member of the imperial family to come to the throne?
The imperial family will certainly go extinct. As we’ve already mentioned before, under the current
law, only male descendants in the male line of Imperial Lineage are allowed to ascend the throne.
Now, only three members: Prince Akishino, Prince Hisahito, and Prince Hitachi, are eligible for the enthronement.
Especially, Prince Hisahito is only a male line child in the future generation.
If he doesn’t get married or doesn’t have a male child, the history of the imperial family is to be end.
Q2. What will happen in Japan if there is no emperor?
Following acts in matters of state, provided for the Emperor in the Constitution, will not be performed,
- Appointing Prime Minister as designated by the Diet
- Appointing Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as designated by the Cabinet
- Promulgation of amendments of the Constitution, laws, cabinet orders, and treaties
- Convocation of the Diet
- Dissolution of the House of Representatives
- Proclamation of general election of members of the Diet
That is, all three rights, administrative, justice, and legislative will be inoperative. That means the government of Japan is not functioning legally.
The existence of an emperor is a major prerequisite for the nation’s existence, and not only has Japan never existed in its history without an emperor , but also it isn’t envisaged in the present Constitution at all.
Written by Mamegashi (from Aichi)
(文責 愛知県 マメ菓子)