Japan Moves to Allow Its Emperor to Abdicate. But Just This Once. – by Motoko Rich – NYT

“. . . Conservatives are loath to open the law to a more sweeping overhaul because they fear that doing so would lead to a change to admit women as rightful heirs to the throne.

The bill approved by the cabinet on Friday makes no mention of female heirs to the throne. Prince Naruhito’s only child is a daughter, Princess Aiko, 15, so his successor would be his brother, Prince Akishino, followed by Prince Akishino’s son, Hisahito, 10.”