Japan panel agrees on April 30, 2019 for emperor's abdication

02 December, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Terri Saunders
  • The Imperial Palace in Tokyo where Emperor Akihito lives

It will be the first abdication of a Japanese emperor in around 200 years.

Japan emperor to cede all public duties after abdication TOKYO: Emperor Akihito will hand over all public duties to his heir after retiring in what will be Japan's first abdication in almost two centuries, the monarch's younger son said, responding to worries a former emperor might weaken his successor's status.

It followed a meeting on Friday of the Imperial Household Council which includes lawmakers, royals and supreme court justices.

The cabinet will likely formally decide the date next Friday, media reported. Akihito has two sons - Crown Prince Naruhito and Akishino - who are first and second in line to become Japan's emperor under male-only succession system.

Japan's constitution defines the emperor as a symbol of the state and the people, without political power.

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Japanese Emperor Akihito ascended to the throne after the death in 1989 of his father Hirohito, posthumously known as Emperor Showa. He is widely respected by many average Japanese.

Akihito and Michiko - the first commoner to marry a Japanese emperor - have worked to reconcile relations across Asia, which suffered from Japan's aggression before and during World War Two, with numerous visits overseas.

In the past year, 83-year-old Emperor said that his age and health condition was the reason that it is hard to carry out their duties.

Akihito and Michiko, the first commoner to Wednesday a Japanese monarch, have worked to reconcile relations across Asia, which suffered from Japan's aggression before and during World War Two, with numerous visits overseas.

Akihito has also consistently urged the Japanese people never to forget the horrors of war, remarks that have garnered increased attention since Abe took office in 2012 and sought to adopt a less apologetic tone over Japan's past military aggression.

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