You’ve heard of Meghan and Harry. Now meet Mako and Kei, who have Japan in a tizzy.


Royal families are, by nature, hierarchical and insular. Because they are the national dynastic icons, their families have an exclusive line of succession that is subject to international scrutiny and cutthroat internal conflicts. The impending exit by Mako has pointed to renewed concerns about the dwindling number of imperial family members and questions about whether the current imperial succession and marriage rules may be too strict, Kyodo News reported.



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