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The end of a dynasty? | MercatorNet | May 26, 2017 |

The end of a dynasty?

| MercatorNet | May 26, 2017 |

The end of a dynasty?

Perhaps, unless more boys are born...
Marcus Roberts | May 26 2017 | comment 

Princess Mako
The current Emperor is old, in his 80s, and feels that he is unable to continue to carry out his functions and duties. He plans to abdicate, something no emperor has done for over two hundred years. As the law of the land stipulates, he can only be succeeded by a male son of the male line. The Emperor has two sons, the elder of whom will succeed him. But this son has no sons of his own, so the throne will then have to be occupied by his brother, or by his nephew, currently aged ten. And if this ten year old should prove to have no sons of his own, then the imperial bloodline will fail, throwing the country into constitutional crisis. Furthermore, the 25 year old granddaughter of the Emperor, older sister of the ten year old on whom the Imperial line depends, has decided to marry a commoner, thus throwing up her royal heritage and becoming a commoner herself.
So when does this original show air on Netflix? Well, it doesn’t, until someone decides to dramatise the Japanese royal family.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Princess Mako, granddaughter of Japanese Emperor Akihito, is engaged to marry Kei Komuro, a legal assistant she met at a party at International Christian College in Tokyo. A formal announcement is set to be made next month, but apparently the princess has introduced her intended husband to her parents, who approve. Upon her marriage to a commoner, Princess Mako will herself become a commoner and the imperial family will reduce from 19 to 18 members.
The impending marriage has raised questions about the ability of the chrysanthemum throne to survive. Article 1 of the Imperial House Law (1947, copying the previous law of 1889) reads: “The Imperial Throne shall be succeeded to by a male offspring in the male line belonging to the Imperial Lineage.” This means that a lot is riding on ten year old Prince Hisahito, starting with his ability to find a wife, and their ability to have boys. No boys means the end of the imperial line.
Of course, one option would be to change the law so that women can succeed to the throne. Or at the very least, to be able to maintain their imperial status even after they marry a commoner. However, these measures are something that the conservative Abe government is not keen to implement. In early 2006, when Prince Hisahito had not yet been born, the then Prime Minister Koizumi considered revising the law to allow women to ascend the throne. The move had been supported by experts convened to consider the change and by the public (according to opinion polls). However, the current Prime Minister Abe, an aide to Koizumi at the time, urged him not to amend the law. Then Hisahito was born and the pressing need for the change died away.
As Prime Minister Abe is touting “womenomics”, calling for a greater role for Japanese women in the economy to boost productivity and stave off the effects of its ageing and low birth society, it seems somewhat odd that he is not keen on the imperial family to be an example to the rest of the country. Women can do any job and should be doing any job, but not that of Empress. In a society that is failing to reproduce itself and is facing large scale population decline and population ageing, it seems as if the future of the Japanese royal family is as uncertain as that of the country that it heads. 

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May 26, 2017

This week we have finally caught up with a wonderful book, Surprised by Beauty, published last year as a guide to music lovers who are, to quote the author Robert Reilly, “thirsting for the beauty” that seems absent in modern music. And by that he means modern art music, not pop music.
In fact, it is not so much the book as the author who features in today’s article, with Mr Reilly (a man of many accomplishments) answering Michael Cook’s questions about what we normally think of as 20th century music -- that which tortures the soul with its atonality and unnatural rhythms – and the neglected stream of works that have kept up the link between beauty and the spirit.
It’s an eminently quotable interview, but here’s just one snippet:
One of the greats of the 20th century, Jean Sibelius, wrote: “The essence of man’s being is his striving after God. It [the composition of music] is brought to life by means of the logos, the divine in art. That is the only thing that has significance.”
One other article calls for special mention: Tamara El Rahi, who contributes to Family Edge, writes movingly today of the miscarriage of her second child at nine weeks. In a note earlier she said: “Writing this piece was helpful to my healing process I think. Please pray for us.” Thank you, Tamara, for sharing this sorrowful experience with us, one that so many mothers and fathers suffer.

Carolyn Moynihan 
Deputy Editor, 

Surprised by Beauty: modern music for the soul
By Robert R. Reilly
A new book offers a listener's guide to the recovery of modern music.
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The usefulness of ‘useless’ knowledge
By Donald L. Drakeman
Intellectual freedom and private philanthropy built the modern world.
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Mourning after miscarriage
By Tamara El-Rahi
A baby lost to this world but not to our hearts.
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‘I’m macro-annoyed with micro-aggression theory’
By Christina Hoff Sommers
The Factual Feminist says friendship is the way to overcome bigotry, real or imagined.
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Scholars beware: mobbing is the new discussion
By Barbara Kay
A lone academic defies political correctness.
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Why Ramadan is called Ramadan: 6 questions answered
By Mohammad Hassan Khalil
The origins and purpose of the 'spiritual training camp'.
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Technology success stories from Cote d’Ivoire, Benin and Senegal
By Eugene Ohu
Using technology to provide jobs and improve the lives of African youths.
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The end of a dynasty?
By Marcus Roberts
Perhaps, unless more boys are born...
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Lutheran songs: a musical gift for all Christians
By Chiara Bertoglio
The reformer planted the seeds of an extraordinary musical culture in Germany.
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No, the norm of marital monogamy is not crumbling
By Alan J. Hawkins
Rumours of its death are greatly exaggerated.
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By Nicole M. King
But no matter what you call adultery, it still kills marriages.
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