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Japan cabinet approves bill allowing emperor's abdication

AFP  |  Tokyo 

The Japanese today approved a one-off bill allowing ageing Emperor Akihito to step down from the Chrysanthemum Throne, in the first such abdication in two centuries.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet signed off on the legislation, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters. It will now be sent to for debate and final approval.


Reports of the 83-year-old Akihito's desire to retire surprised when they emerged last July.

In August he publicly cited age and declining health, which was interpreted as his wish to hand the crown to his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito.

But current Japanese has no provision for abdication, thus requiring politicians to craft legislation to make it possible.

The status of the emperor is highly sensitive in given its 20th century history of war waged in the name of Akihito's father Hirohito, who died in 1989.

No abdication is expected until at least the end of 2018, according to reports.

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First Published: Fri, May 19 2017. 09:07 IST
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