Тревожное будущее императорской династии Японии
In August 2016, the ailing Emperor Akihito expressed his concern about the future of the imperial dynasty. Primarily, the concern of Emperor was due to the absence of the procedure of renunciation. However, his speech became the subject of extensive discussion not only in Japan but also abroad. Considering exclusively representative status of the emperor, the change of legislation at his request can be interpreted as unconstitutional action. The article describes the problem of the succes sion and the ways of its solution.