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Emperor of Japan plans for low-key abdication

On the 30th of April 2019, Crown Prince Naruhito will become the next Emperor of Japan. In an event that has not been seen for two centuries the current Emperor, Akihito, will formally relinquish his position on the Japanese throne and will retreat from public life into what many consider to be a well-earned retirement. If any were expecting His Imperial Majesty to be sent off with big bangs and…
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Emperor Akihito abdication date and new era name revealing postponed

Turmoil within the Japanese government now means that the announcement of the dates for Emperor Akihito’s abdication and the name of the new era has been delayed. Governmental sources said that the decision would most likely be delayed until later on in the year. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has suffered a dip in approval and are now focusing on gaining control of the…
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Japan enacts law allowing Emperor to abdicate

Japan’s National Diet, the country’s bicameral legislature, has passed a law to allow 83-year-old Emperor Akihito to abdicate. Japan’s Cabinet approved the bill at the end of May. His Imperial Majesty will be the first monarch in Japan to abdicate for nearly 200 years. The Imperial Household Act did not allow for abdication; this led to the Japanese government to create a new…
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Emperor Akihito one step closer to abdication

It has been nearly a year since Emperor Akihito appeared on Japanese national television — a rare and auspicious event at the best of times — to announce his wish to abdicate the throne and leave imperial duties to his younger and more able-bodied son, Crown…
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Debate over Japanese Emperor’s abdication turns to details about title and role

Japan is now poised to create a one-time law to allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate the throne in favour of his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, and so the official debate is turning to the finer details. In particular need of clarity is the appropriate title for a former Emperor and whether women should remain part of the Imperial family after marriage to allow for the continuation of the…
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