Princess Aiko: never again a nuclear horror. “Destroyed by human losses in Ukraine”

Of Enrica Roddolo

The daughter of the emperor of Japan and the former diplomat at the United Nations, Masako, spoke about the war in Ukraine, recalling the nuclear fear

«I am devastated by the loss of so many precious human lives in Ukraine; but I want to believe in peace, ”said Aiko, the only daughter of the Emperor of Japan, Naruhito. It had to be a ceremonial moment more than anything else, of entering the world of adulthood, the first meeting with the press as a new 20-year-old of the daughter of the emperor on the throne of Chrysanthemum. But for Aiko, born to Empress Masako – a former diplomat with a job at the United Nations left for love of Naruhito – it was the first test with the reality of the world, and of war.

And the war, with some Ukrainian nuclear power plants

now controlled from the Russian occupiers and the bombings that dangerously approach sensitive sites, for Aiko as for all Japanese he has an indelible memory: that of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6, 1945.

In fact, the princess recalled the horror of the nuclear devastation of which she had an idea by visiting as a high school student, the Hiroshima Peace Museum. And he also talked about the latest earthquake that hit the Fukushima nuclear disaster area days ago years ago.

At his first press meeting, Aiko then also recalled the advice of the emperor emeritus, grandfather Akihito (son of Emperor Hirohito who led Japan in World War II).

The father of the current emperor, for whom Akihito had abdicated three years ago, raised her daughter Aiko trying to make her understand the importance of “always being close to the people, the population”. A challenge that, for now, Aiko is preparing to face without the prospect of the throne since the imperial law of 1947 does not allow women to ascend to the throne.

In the line of succession there are therefore the brother of the current emperor, Prince Akishino and his son: Hisahito, 15 years old, who recently graduated from Ochanomizu Junior High School. And he prepares to enter Tsukuba university, the first time for an heir to the throne who does not frequent the aristocrat Gakushuin. Indeed, the current legislation binds the princesses – in the event of a bourgeois wedding – to leave the Royal prerogatives.

Although a government-level debate on this point has been underway for years (culminating in a proposal on Prime Minister Kishida’s table) to find a way out of a line of succession that is dangerously thinning (after the last marriage with the commoner of members of the royal family) and to update the succession rules so that they represent society in a more current way. But if it seems easier to pass the opening of a bourgeois wedding without losing titles and privileges, it is more difficult to overcome the veto to a female emperor (even if the population would be in favor of 80%).


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