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Japan Bars Women From Taking Part in Imperial Succession Rite

  • Women already banned from inheriting the Chrysanthemum throne
  • Only adult male members of imperial family to attend ceremony
Members of the Imperial family at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Dec. 23.
Members of the Imperial family at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Dec. 23.Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Japan will exclude all female members of the imperial household from participating in one of the key rituals during the throne’s handover from Emperor Akihito to his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, Kyodo news and other Japanese media said Friday.

The country has long banned women from inheriting the throne, a rule that had appeared to threaten the imperial line with extinction until the birth of Akihito’s only grandson in 2006.