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SDHF Newsletter No.280 Succession to the Imperial Throne

“The succession of the Imperial Throne” in Japan
Response from two NGOs to the questions to Japanese Government
concerning the above mentioned issue

June 19, 2020

The Japanese government received a demand from the Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women, March 9, 2020, “Regarding the Imperial House Act, the provisions of which currently exclude women from succeeding to the royal throne, please provide details on the steps envisaged to enable female succession to the throne.” This is extraordiny, a demand that meddles in a matter of national tradition and infringes on the sovereignty of the Japanese state.
Actually this inquiry is based on Japanese leftist NGOs that are intent on imposing their ideology through the United Nations. At the same time, the Committee accepts this very biased ideological assertion without any investigation and submitted this demand in the ninth periodic report of Japan.
Against such demands, two Japanese NGO sent responded to the Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women.
One was from the People’s Alliance for Protection of Imperial Lineage by Paternal Male Succession to the Imperial Throne (PAPIL), Katsuragi Nami, Chairperson:
The Japanese Imperial House Act states that “succession to the throne by the paternal male” is handed down as tradition since ancient times and to regard this as discrimination against women is an infringement of our “freedom of religion.”
One other response was from Momochi Akira, Prof. Emeritus at Nihon University, with the International Research Institute of Controversial Histories:
“Succession to the Imperial Throne by paternal-lined male” is a purely domestic issue related to a nearly two thousand years old Imperial Family tradition and is totally outside the jurisdiction of any international organization.
These papers state that “discrimination against women” is a matter unrelated to “the succession of Imperial Throne” in Japan.

Questions are welcome.

MOTEKI Hiromichi, Acting Chairman
for KASE Hideaki, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact