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Premier's Plan to Revise Succession Law on Hold

THE WORLD | IN BRIEF / JAPAN

February 10, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is suspending plans to submit legislation to revise Japan's imperial succession law to allow a woman on the throne, Kyodo News agency reported.

The decision followed the Imperial Household Agency's announcement this week that Princess Kiko is pregnant, Kyodo said, quoting an unidentified government source.

Koizumi had been pushing to revise the male-only succession law because of the royal family's lack of male heirs.

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