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Kishida Opposed to Maternal-Line Emperors

Kishida Opposed to Maternal-Line Emperors

   Tokyo, Sept. 10 (Jiji Press)--Fumio Kishida, who will run for president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, has indicated that he is against the idea of allowing members of the Imperial Family's maternal lineage to become an emperor.
   "I'm opposed" to maternal-line emperors, Kishida, former policy chief of the LDP and former foreign minister, told reporters on Thursday. "Now is not the time to discuss such an idea."
   He clarified that his stance on the issue is different from regulatory reform minister Taro Kono, who is expected to run in the Sept. 29 LDP leadership race as well, apparently in hope of winning support from conservatives in the ruling party.
   Kono previously suggested support for the idea of the country having emperors from the Imperial Family's maternal bloodline. Former internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi, who has declared her candidacy in the LDP election, has indicated opposition to maternal-line emperors.
   The Imperial House Law stipulates that only men in the paternal bloodline of the Imperial lineage can assume the Chrysanthemum Throne.

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