International royals

Government preparing for Emperor Akihito’s abdication in 2018

A government source has told The Japan Times that the government is making legal preparations to pave the way for Emperor Akihito’s potential abdication in 2018. The government is responding to the Emperor’s concerns that his age could stop him from fulfilling his role as symbol of the state. He has indicated in a nation wide video message in August that 2018 will also mark a reign of…
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