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Japanese Panel Weighs Possibility of Female Monarch

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Japanese Panel Weighs Possibility of Female Monarch

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Japanese Panel Weighs Possibility of Female Monarch

Japanese Panel Weighs Possibility of Female Monarch

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A government-picked committee is considering whether Japanese law should be changed to allow a woman to be monarch. Past empresses served only as caretakers until a male heir was old enough to take over. Now there are no male heirs and three-year-old princess Aiko is in line for the throne. Bryan Shih reports from Tokyo.