Japan's Imperial Family Members Set to Decrease
Tokyo, April 21 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Imperial Family faces gloomy prospects of becoming ever smaller in size, with male members aging and young women expected to leave the family in the near future upon marriage.
Led by Emperor Akihito, the Imperial Family currently has 19 members, including 14 women. Under the Imperial House Law, female members have to leave the family after marriage.
Sayako Kuroda, the eldest daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko left the family in 2005, while Noriko Senge, the second daughter of the late Prince Takamado, a cousin of the Emperor, became a commoner in 2014.
All seven unmarried women in the Imperial Family have reached adult age except Princess Aiko, the 15-year-old daughter of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako. The marriage of any of them in future will reduce the ranks of the family.
The number of men has been falling rapidly.