The big news in Japan is that Princess Kiko, wife of Prince Akishino, is pregnant. This complicates matters for the Crown Prince and Princess Masako and their only child, Princess Aiko. The government has been considering changing the law of succession which currently allows only male heirs to take the throne in order to allow Aiko to become Empress. Those who are against this change argue that if Princess Aiko marries a commoner, she’ll become a commoner too and the royal family will be just like everyone else. According to law, when a woman is married, her name is struck from her biological family’s registry and added to her husband’s registry. That’s what happened to the Emperor’s daughter when she married a couple of months ago. Now she is presumably an ordinary housewife. This could be circumvented, I think, if the Crown Prince and Princess were to adopt Princess Aiko’s commoner husband, just as sons-in-law are adopted in non-noble families with only girls. Some lawmaker said, “What if Princess Aiko gpes abroad and marries a foreigner with blond hair and blue eyes?” Well, that would be the end of the world, wouldn’t it?!