Princess Kiko gives birth to a boy – first male heir in over 40 years!

09/12/2006 at 07:00 AM ET

Update: According to CNN, Japan’s new Prince has been named Hisahito. CBB Royalty correspondent Char adds: The name of the baby was chosen by the Emperor and the whole title of the baby will be His Imperial Highness Prince Hisahito of Japan.

Originally posted September 5th: Princess Kiko of Japan gave birth to her third child, a baby boy on Wednesday morning — the first male heir to be born into the royal family in over 40 years! Kiko’s son, whose name has not been released, was born by scheduled c-section after placenta previa made a natural delivery impossible. According to CBB reader Lara, the name won’t be announced for seven days, when a slip of rice paper is put into the baby’s cradle, according to tradition.

The birth of a boy is incredibly important news in Japan today, as it will most likely end debate about revising a 1947 succession law to allow women to inherit the throne, which had been brewing until a stop was put to it in February when Kiko announced her pregnancy, and the debate was subsequently shelved until the birth.

Source: MSNBC

Thanks to CBB readers Lisa, Jaclyn, Tiana, Sara and Jen.

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Christina on

I wish they would still pass the legislation allowing women to ascend the throne. Princess Aiko is smart and adorable. She would be a terrific leader. She is the daughter of the Crown Prince and Princess and it’s hard in this day & age to see her being passed over simply because she is not a man.

natalie on

i think that law is a bit passe given the times we live in now. but i am glad the family is happy now and has some sigh of relief. i really hope there is not a revialry like the japanese tabloids make it out to be.

r9lee on

I’m glad its a healthy baby boy (?) but I’m slightly bummbed cuz its not a girl. It’s time the tradition has changed! Who says females can’t lead? Poor Masako though…more stress 4 her imho.

Lara on

I’m sad that it wasn’t a girl. I wanted Aiko to be empress. The newborn will be treated like veal until he has a son of his own, poor kid, but if women had been allowed into the line of succession there would have been several women in line so no one child would have been treated like glass.

According to tradition, the name won’t be announced for seven days, when a slip of rice paper is put into the baby’s cradle.

millie on

congratulations but I was hoping it was another girl. Now they’re likely to completely sideline Aiko.

suziejohn on

There is something very, very wrong with any culture that requires, regardless of health or intelligence, that any future ruler be born with a weenis.

Cheryl on

Japan was so close and yet so far.

Nikki on

I’m so happy, for the Princess. I like Japan by the way…I always wanted to go there. I don’t have no problems with the royal family. I rather pick the Japan royal family instead of Saudi Arabia lol. Anyways, I’m happy for the family. And too, the their little girl…looks so cute in her school uniform, I saw her photos on here, I thought she was the cutest thing !!!

ang on

How tragic for Masako and her daughter to be sidelined in this way. Japan needs to take a good, hard look at itself. This is cruel and Masako’s mental health is fragile as it is. How is Aiko going to feel when she realises she was put aside because of her gender? Tragic, tragic. Japan has such a long way to go.

Karen on

How can we look down on Japan when we’ve never had a woman President either?!!!!

Karen on

How can we look down on Japan when we’ve never even had a woman President???!!!