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Emperor Akihito can step down

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Tokyo: Japan’s parliament passed a law that clears the way for Emperor Akihito to step down, the first imperial abdication in more than 2 centuries. The popular 83-year-old monarch shocked the country last summer when he signalled his desire to take a back seat after nearly three decades on the Chrysanthemum Throne, citing his age and health problems.

The unexpected move presented a challenge since there was no law to deal with an emperor retiring from what is usually a job for life –and it reignited debate about allowing women to ascend the throne. The one-off rule was passed in the last-stage upper house yesterday in a unanimous decision after the lower chamber gave its stamp of approval last week.

The abdication must take place within 3 years – and it only applies to Akihito. Tokyo is eyeing the end of 2018 as a likely timeline for his retirement, Japanese media said.

Source by: Internet

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