Empress Suiko, a female emperor. Reign:593~628
Why can’t a female ascend to the throne?
Because, In short, a system (law) which was established in the age of “Danson Johi” (男尊女卑, the idea that men are superior to women) still exists.
Before the Edo period, the system of succession to the throne was not clearly written, and women could also come to the throne. In fact, there were eight female emperors.
However, in the Meiji era, when the system was written as the Imperial House Law(A former law established in 1889. It wasn’t really a law, it was enacted as family precepts), there was a strong sense of Danson Johi among the people, which affected the contents of the system, and the road for women to the throne has been closed since then.
After World WarⅡ, the Imperial House Law changed its position as a law, but the article restricting an imperial heir to male descendants has been handed down from the Meiji era to the present day.
In summary, Only the infamous idea, Dnason Johi, prevents a female from becoming an emperor.
Most people in Japan think this idea should be abandoned.
There is no question that the law is outdated. It has to be revised immediately to allow a female to ascend to the throne.
Written by Mamegashi (from Aichi)
(文責 愛知県 マメ菓子)