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Gender inequality sees world’s oldest monarchy running out of royals

After World War 2 Japan’s royal family had 67 members. Soon there will be 17, unless the country embraces modernity

Marika Katanuma

Japan will maintain tradition in the imperial household even if it means the end of the monarchy.

After a four-year engagement, Princess Mako, the niece of 61-year-old Emperor Naruhito, has married her longtime boyfriend, Kei Komuro. And because Japan’s imperial law strips women of their royal status after an “unequal” marriage, the princess will exit the family, leaving behind just 12 women and five men.

In addition, after controversy about their engagement, Mako turned down a R19m dowry that’s traditionally been awarded to women in the royal family who’ve married, making her the first to do so since World War 2...

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