Emperor Akihito: Japan's government approves abdication bill

PUBLISHED ON FRI, MAY 19, 2017 4:46 PM

Emperor Akihito: Japan's government approves abdication bill

 

TOKYO: -- Japan's government has approved a one-off bill which, if passed, will allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate.

 

The 83-year-old emperor said last year that his age and health were making it hard for him to fulfil his official duties.

 

But there is no provision under existing law for him to abdicate and be succeeded by Crown Prince Naruhito.

 

Full story: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39971438

 
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