The Japanese government hopes that the adoption by Parliament of law on the throne

© AP Photo / Shizuo KambayashiГенеральный Secretary to the government of Japan Acehide Suga<img src="/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/05/d7576fa8a3b9ccf026a3f32c36350a7d.jpg" alt="The Japanese government hopes that the adoption by Parliament of law on the throne” />© AP Photo / Shizuo Kambayashi

The government of Japan hopes for early adoption by the Parliament approved the government bill, allowing to transfer the Imperial throne to the heir during the life of the present Emperor, said at a press conference, Secretary General of the government, Yoshihide Suga.

«We hope for the speedy enactment of a specific law,» said Suga. Adopted on Friday by the government of a particular law consists of five main and 11 additional articles. He, in particular, provides for «the implementation of the succession, given the advanced age of the Emperor, his wishes, understanding that this wish is found in the people.»

The transfer of the throne will be made no later than three years after the promulgation of the law. Secretary General of the government shied away from specifying this term, saying that this requires consideration of the Parliament. It is believed that the transfer of the throne will officially be in December 2018, or 30-year reign of the current Emperor. In Japan, the simultaneous use of two calendar – European and the reign of the Emperor. Therefore, 2019 will be the first year of the reign of the new Emperor. The motto of the new Board will be presented in the summer of that year that will allow financial institutions, government agencies and businesses to prepare for the upcoming changes, the beginning of a new reign with the new year on the European calendar also recognized as convenient for transport.

According to the existing law of succession transfer of the throne takes place after the death of the Emperor his heir. However, in August last year, Emperor Akihito made an appeal to the people, in which he made it clear that he would like to retire due to old age hampering the performance of duties.

On the question of the possibility of such transfer of the throne pondering the expert Council, which was composed of lawyers, historians, and politicians. This is due to the fact that neither the Japanese Constitution nor the law on the Imperial house is not provide for in vivo transfer of the throne. In the fourth Chapter of the law on the Imperial house, stated that the throne «goes to the first by right of inheritance after the death of the Emperor.» Thus, it was necessary not only to consider the possibility of a lifetime of succession, but also all the formalities and details associated with it.

After the abdication of the Emperor of the country will become the eldest son of the Emperor, the heir to the throne Prince Naruhito. His only daughter, Princess Aiko does not legally have the right to inherit the throne, so the second member of the Imperial family claims to the throne, is the younger brother of Prince Naruhito Prince Akishino, Fumihito. He is also the father of a third at a time and only in the young generation of the Imperial family, the heir to the throne, Prince, a ten-year Hisahito. As expected, in connection with the change of status and transition of Prince Akishino to the position of heir to the throne the annual income of his family will increase by three times to 91 million yen (about 830 thousand dollars). As expected, the new draft law on Friday will be submitted to Parliament.


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