I have a d*c*!
It's a baby boy for Princess Kiko! And the whole discriminating country of Japan is celebrating the birth... Good for them.
It's not just a birth, it's a signal too, to stop the long-running debate of succession crisis. The baby boy has no name yet, was born 5.6 lbs via caesarian section.
Japanese thought that the birth of a boy from Kiko, who has two daughters, would take the pressure off Masako, who has suffered from Mental Illness due to the pressure of producing a baby boy.
The government previously proposed changing the law, and the polls showed an estimated 70% of Japanese approved of letting female heirs. However, when Kiko's pregnancy was announced, public opinion switched, Japanese again can be heard saying that it would be easier for Kiko to bear a son and resolve the succession issue for now.
Reigning empresses have been rare in Japan, usually serving as stand-ins for a few years until a suitable male could be installed. The last reigning empress was Gosakuramachi, who assumed the throne in 1763.