Re: Pensionable age for Japan's Emperor?
Posted by Bjarne Birkrem on 1/5/2012, 2:51:41, in reply to "Re: Pensionable age for Japan's Emperor?"
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: Could it be that the prince wants to
: a pension age so he won't have to succeed
: his brother but the throne would
: automatically pass to his son?
: In the current situation prince Akishino
: might find himself an old man when his
: brother passes away and he himself becomes
: the Emperor.
: That is a very interesting point. It may
: have something to do with it, but perhaps it
: would be better, should that come to pass,
: for Prince Akishino to renounce his rights
: in favor of his son. There is, after all,
: a history of abdications in Japan.
My thoughts exactly. Besides, if the purpose is to avoid "having to" succeed his brother on the throne, wouldn't it be strange to fix a specific retirement age? No matter what retirement age is set, the fact remains that Prince Akishino is five years younger than his brother the Crown Prince, so that if a mandatory retirement age is introduced, it would still take five years from Naruhito's retirement until Akishino himself reached the same age - and in the meantime, he would be the Emperor...