Aiko Princess Toshi

No empress for Japan despite a lack of heirs

Japan has ruled out allowing a woman to ascend the Imperial throne despite a lack of male heirs and widespread popular support for a female ruler. The government panel working to solve the succession crisis will not even consider allowing women to reign. Under the Imperial Household Law, only men can ascend the throne. The [read more]

Japan

Empress Michiko – A fairytale gone wrong

The future Empress of Japan was born as Michiko Shōda as the daughter of Hidesaburō Shōda and Fumiko Soejima on 20 October 1934 at the University of Tokyo Hospital. She was the second of four children. She received a solid education, a combination of traditional and Western, and learned to speak English. She attended the [read more]