Japan officially announced heir to the throne

Only men can inherit the throne, so 18-year-old Princess Aiko is not eligible for the emperor’s throne.

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In Japan, Crown Prince Akishino was officially proclaimed the first in line to be heir to the throne. Reported by Reuters.

Prince Akishino has been named the first in line to the heir to the throne after his older brother, Emperor Naruhito, became monarch last year after their father’s abdication.

54-year-old Akishino was one of three potential heirs to the throne. The ceremonies were scheduled for April but have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Japanese law, only men can inherit the throne, so Naruhito’s only descendant, 18-year-old Princess Aiko, is not eligible for the emperor’s throne.

Recall that the Emperor of Akihito announced his retirement in April 2019 and expressed gratitude to the people of the country for the fact that they supported him for more than 30 years and recognized him as a symbol of the country.

It was also reported that the newly appointed Emperor of  Naruhito, in his first address to society, promised to act in accordance with the Constitution and the will of the people, and thanked Father Akihito, who left the throne.

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