Japan

2019 abdication date gaining traction in Imperial Household Agency

Ever since His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Akihito, formally announced his intention to abdicate the Japanese throne in a rare televised address last year, the island nation of Japan has been somewhat abuzz with speculation as to what exactly such an occurrence would entail. With no abdication of a Japanese Emperor since Emperor Kokaku in 1817, and no provisions laid out in the 1947 Japanese…
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Retiring Emperor to be given new residence

Those following Japanese politics would be familiar with the impending abdication of the current ruling Emperor, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Akihito. At first only being suggested through an indirect comment in a TV address earlier last year, the gears of Japanese…
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Japan’s ruling party to support one-off legislation for Emperor’s abdication

It was announced this week that Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party have decided to support the creation of a one-time-use mechanism to legally allow 83-year-old Emperor Akihito to abdicate. The decision was made after a number of meetings to decide the matter and is controversial in that it directly contradicts the views of the main opposition party – the Democrats – who have argued for…
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