En artikel på BBC's hjemmeside, hævder at vi måske ikke går glip af debatten om kvindelige tronfølgere i Japan alligevel:
"The argument over whether or not women were suitable candidates to head the imperial family was distasteful to some because judgements were being made about whether individuals - the young princesses - who were already in the public eye were suitable candidates to rule as empress.
So now some experts say there is an opportunity to make it less personal.
It is better to have the argument now about how the rules could be changed in the future, perhaps for the children of the little boy born on Wednesday, rather than discussing whether this princess or that prince would make a better head of the imperial family."
Men alligevel konkluderer artiklen at der ikke vil ske ændringer lige med det samme:
"So will the other option, allowing women to accede to the throne eventually be forced through instead?
Not in the near future.
The decision will be down to politicians and it is the kind of issue that has the potential to lose more votes from die-hard traditionalists than win support from modernisers.
With a difficult election ahead of them next year, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party is unlikely to want to take on the forces of conservatism - as good an argument as any for preserving the status quo."
Som jeg tidligere har sagt, så tror jeg på at reglerne vil blive ændret, fordi der simpelthen ikke er drengebørn nok i den kejserlige familie. Hvis den skal sikres, så er den bedste mulighed de har at lade prinsesserne beholde deres status når de gifter sig, så deres børn kan blive potentielle kejsere, hvis der er dødsfald eller lignende blandt de mere oplagte kandidater. Det vil være mindre kontroversielt end at lade kvinderne i familien få muligheden for at bestige tronen.