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Will Japan allow its Emperor to abdicate? Interim report suggests Akihito could get his hinted wish - Christian Science Monitor

January 23, 2017 —The abdication of Japan's emperor – an event not seen in 200 years – took a step closer to becoming reality Monday, as a government panel released an interim report suggesting legislation to permit a one-time move, allowing the 83 ...and more »

Emperor Akihito opens Japanese National Diet - Royal Central

His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Akihito of Japan, opened the Japanese National Diet this Friday. Reading a prepared speech within the upper assembly, it marks Japan's 189th Ordinary Session since the first Imperial Diet was opened by Emperor Meiji on 29 ...and more »

Japan Explores Ways For Emperor To Abdicate The Throne - NPR

Months after Japan's Emperor Akihito hinted that he would like to step down from the throne, a government panel has come up with ways for the monarch to abdicate his powers — something that's not provided for in Japanese law. Drawing on research and ...and more »

Japan looks to ancient precedents as it plans emperor's abdication - Asian Correspondent

JAPAN is moving to adopt a law allowing its octogenarian Emperor Akihito to abdicate but many touchy topics, such as his title and duties, remain to be settled before the monarch can retire in a step unprecedented for two centuries. Japanese law does ...and more »

Japanese Emperor's Abdication Moves a Step Closer - Wall Street Journal

TOKYO—There is a strong case for allowing Japan's 83-year-old Emperor Akihito to step down, a government panel said on Monday, giving Parliament a green light to permit the first abdication in the nation's modern history. The emperor expressed his ...and more »

Abe urges leaders of both Diet houses to deepen discussions on Emperor's abdication - The Japan Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday urged the leaders of both houses of the Diet to deepen discussions on Emperor Akihito's possible abdication. Abe presented an interim report, presented on Monday by a government panel, to the heads and deputy heads ...and more »