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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Excerpt from report by Shinya Ajima, carried in English by Japanese news agency Kyodo
Tokyo, 25 January: A government panel on imperial succession issues will convene its first meeting Tuesday [25 January] with its main focus on the issue of whether a female should be allowed to ascend the throne.
The 10-member panel will discuss the possibility of revising the Imperial House Law as a way enabling the imperial succession to be sustained without any break. The panel is scheduled to submit a report on the issue to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in the fall.
The law, enforced in 1947 to govern …