Japan’s Oldest Male Heir To Throne Dies, Only Four Remain

Japan’s oldest imperial family member dies, leaving only four heirs to the throne. Prince Mikasa was 100 years old and the uncle of Japanese Emperor Akihito. Only males can inherit the throne in Japan under a tradition going back 2600 years. The prince’s death brings back renewed concern over the future of the Japanese family’s future and whether women should be allowed to inherit the throne.