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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Text of report by Miya Tanaka, carried in English by Japanese news agency Kyodo
Tokyo, 25 April: A government panel on imperial succession agreed Monday [25 April] the notion of gender equality will not be a factor for them in discussing whether to allow a female to ascend the throne.
"This is a historical issue for Japan, and is different from the problem of gender equality," Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, a former University of Tokyo president who heads the panel, said during a news conference.
"Imperial succession is facing a great crisis, and we will discuss how we can overcome it," Yoshikawa said. …